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Story of Science Newton at the Center

ISBN-10: 1588341615
ISBN-13: 9781588341617
Edition: 2005
Authors: Joy Hakim
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Description: Joy Hakim continues The Story of Science with a fresh look at the people who wanted to know more about the invisible realities, intricate wonders, and magnificent architecture of our universe. Newton at the Center begins with the reclusive  More...

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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date: 11/1/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 480
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.124

Joy Hakim continues The Story of Science with a fresh look at the people who wanted to know more about the invisible realities, intricate wonders, and magnificent architecture of our universe. Newton at the Center begins with the reclusive Copernicus and his astounding theory that the sun is at the center of the universe. She follows Galileo from his invention of the pendulum, to his development of the telescope, to his fateful claim that the earth moves around the sun. Newton stands at the center of Book Two with his monumental discoveries about gravity, motion, and light, marking the true beginning of science as we know it today. Hakim also presents Antoine Lavoisier and the birth of chemistry, John Dalton and his ideas about the existence of atoms, Wilhelm Roentgen and his discovery of x-rays, and Robert Boyle and his simple yet influential experiments with air. The book closes with the basics of atomic theory, offering intriguing portraits of the scientists who built on each other's theories in their tireless pursuit of answers.

The Scientific Quest...and This Book
Off-Center? It Can't Be!
A New Age: Bringing New Ways of Seeing
What's to Be Made of Leonardo?
On Revolutions and Fools
Tycho Brahe: Taking Heaven's Measure
Holding a Ruler to the Sky
Renaissance Men
Gazing at a Star Named Galileo
Moving Relatively or Relatively Moving?
Are Novas Really "New" Stars? As to Supernovas-Wow!
About Suns and Stuff (Galileo Didn't Know Any of This)
Moving the Sun and the Earth
Who Did Invent the Telescope?
Do You Think You Have Troubles?
Getting Along by Staying Apart: Religion and Science
Poor Kepler
Those Eccentric Ellipses
Descartes and His Coordinates
At Last, Proof of the Last
What's the Big Attraction?
Gravity-How Absurd!
Calculus? Who Done It?
Newton Sees the Light
Newton Moves
Fame Finds Newton
Edmond Halley, Mr. Comet
A Dane Lights the Way
Clocking Time (and Speed) with Io: Here's the Math
What's the Matter? (About Elements and Alchemy)
An Elemental Tale
Robert Boyle, Skeptic-or Airhead?
Is Air Something-or Nothing?
Daniel and the Old Lion Hunter
Brains and Beauty Squared
It's a Gas! Take Its Temperature!
Turning on the Heat
Weighing the World
The Right Man for the Job
A Man with a Powerful Head
France Sings a Metric Tune
Dalton Takes Us Back to Greece-and Atoms
A Molecule-and-Number Man
Chemical Bondage
Putting Things in Order
The Periodic Table: A Chemical Family Tree
The Heated Story of an American Spy
A Shocking Science
A Pendulum's Proof
Michael Faraday Has a Field Day
Turning on the Light
Maxwell's Charges
Again and Again and Again-That's Frequency
Bulldog Boltzmann
How Fast Is a Gas?
Inside the Atom
Wake Up! This Is About Work, Which Takes Energy
Information-Age Thinking in the Industrial Era
A Number-One Law, Thermodynamically Speaking
Obeying the (Second) Law
Tying Down a Demon
Nothing to Do?
Wrapping Up and Getting Ready
Suggested Reading
NSTA Recommends
Picture Credits
Permissions
Scientific Abbreviations
Index

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