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Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

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ISBN-10: 1400041015

ISBN-13: 9781400041015

Edition: 2008

Authors: George Johnson, George Johnson

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From the acclaimedNew York Timesscience writer George Johnson, an irresistible book on the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science—moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply. Johnson takes us to those times when the world seemed filled with mysterious forces, when scientists were dazzled by light, by electricity, and by the beating of the hearts they laid bare on the dissecting table. We see Galileo singing to mark time as he measures the pull of gravity, and Newton carefully inserting a needle behind his eye to learn how light causes vibrations in the retina. William Harvey ties a tourniquet…    
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

George Johnson was born in 1952, in Fayetteville, Ark. He has worked for newspapers in Albuquerque, N.Mex. and Minneapolis, Minn., and is a science writer for the New York Times. His first book, Architects of Fear: Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia in American Politics (1984), won a special achievement award in nonfiction from the Los Angeles chapter of International PEN. Many of Johnson's other books evidence thoughtful, spiritual examinations of the relation between man and science. Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith and the Search for Order (1995) is about the diversity of ideas in New Mexico. Johnson draws parallels between Los Alamos and the worshipful view of scientific discovery and the…    

Prologue
Galileo:The Way Things Really Move
William Harvey:Mysteries of the Heart
Isaac Newton:What a Color Is
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier:The Farmer's Daughter
Luigi Galvani:Animal Electricity
Michael Faraday:Something Deeply Hidden
James Joule:How the World Works
A. A. Michelson:Lost in Space
Ivan Pavlov:Measuring the Immeasurable
Robert Millikan:In the Borderland
Epilogue:The Eleventh Most Beautiful Experiment
Notes and Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index