George Johnson - The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments (Folio Edition) (2nd Hand Hardback)
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George Johnson tells the stories of ten beautiful experiments which changed the world.
From Galileo singing to mark time as he measured the pull of gravity and Newton carefully inserting a needle behind his own eye, to Joule packing a thermometer on his honeymoon to take the temperature of waterfalls and Michelson recovering from a dark depression to discover that light moves at the same speed in every direction.
These ten dedicated men employed diamonds, dogs, frogs and even their own bodies as they worked to discover the laws of nature and of the universe.
- Format : Folio Edition Hardback with Slip Case
- Condition : As New (Book & Slip Case)
- Category : Non-Fiction - Science & Technology
- Published : 2011 (This 3rd Printing Edition 2018 - The Folio Society)
- ISBN : N/A
- SKU : B003128
- PPC : SP800gm
- RRP : Unknown
- Quantity Available : 1 only.
With integrated illustrations and colour and b/w plates.
Size 235 x 155mm, 800g. 148 pp.
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"Anyone involved in any scientific discipline should read this book. It is so important to understand the history of scientific exploration and where we fit in today . . . I think it is a really neat way to introduce some of the most important scientific discoveries in history as well as praise the genius it took to discover them."
"George Johnson is one of the best popular science writers on the modern era, a man who can present some of the most cutting edge ideas- quantum computing, for example- in a way that goes beyond the metaphors used by most popular science writers- the "gravity is like a BB on a rubber sheet" school of science writing Part of that is his ability to bring the reader along on the same line of reasoning and insight that led him to understand a topic, and I think he's done an excellent job of that here. Each experiment is discussed both in the context of the history of the idea, and how the scientist in question came to design his experiment. The result is clear, thought-provoking reading for anyone with a basic understanding of science." - Google Reviews.
"Entertaining, finely crafted . . . there is a feast of fine science writing in this gem of a book." - Sunday Telegraph.
"Johnson's essays balance human interest and scientific wonder in equal measure, making for a delicious succession of vignettes." - Guardian.
"Johnson's lively book finds beauty throughout science - even among dead frogs and drooling dogs." - Scotsman.
"Johnson manages to convey the heart-stopping wonder of discovery." - Radio 4, Today Programme.
"In describing these beautifully simple works of genius, Johnson reveals as much about the corporatist nature of modern science as he does about early research." - Scotland on Sunday.
George Johnson. "In the 30 years I have been a journalist and author, I've written hundreds of articles, mostly for the New York Times, and nine books, which have been translated into 20 languages. Three of them, The Cancer Chronicles, Strange Beauty, and Fire in the Mind, were shortlisted for The Royal Society Book Prize. I'm a two-time winner of the AAAS Science Journalism Award, most recently for my work about the science of cancer."
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