Everything's Relative: And Other Fables from Science and Technology

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Wiley, Sep 26, 2003 - Science - 272 pages
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The surprising truth behind many of the most cherished "facts" in science history
Morse invented the telegraph, Bell the telephone, Edison the light bulb, and Marconi the radio . . . right? Well . . . the truth is slightly more complicated. The history of science and technology is riddled with apocrypha, inaccuracies, and falsehoods, and physicist Tony Rothman has taken it upon himself to throw a monkey wrench into the works. Combining a storyteller's gifts with a scientist's focus and hardheaded devotion to the facts-such as they may be-Rothman breaks down many of the most famous "just-so" stories of physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, and technology to give credit where credit is truly due. From Einstein's possible misunderstanding of his own theories to actress Hedy Lemarr's role in the invention of the radio-controlled torpedo, he dredges his way through the legends of science history in relating the fascinating stories behind some of the most important, and often unsung, breakthroughs in science.
Tony Rothman, PhD (Bryn Mawr, PA), is a Research Associate at Bryn Mawr College. He is the author of seven other critically acclaimed science books and a frequent contributor to leading science publications, including Scientific American and Discover.

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In this chatty popular science volume, physicist Rothman (Instant Physics; Doubt and Certainty) dispels cherished fables of scientific achievement by revealing that scientists sometimes lie, steal ... Read full review

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It's a collector's book. Very well written and informative without being boring. It should be part of school/college carricula. Read full review

Contents

THE DOMAIN OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
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The Mafia Invents the Barometer
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Thomas Youngs Experiment
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Copyright

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TONY ROTHMAN is a physicist and writer. He is the author of seven other critically acclaimed science books and a frequent contributor to leading science publications, including Scientific American and Discover.

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