Great Feuds in Science: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

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Wiley, May 25, 1998 - Science - 256 pages
The dramatic stories of ten historic feuds: How they altered the course of discovery-and shaped the modern world
Hall Hellman tells the lively stories of ten of the most outrageous and intriguing disputes from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Bringing the cataclysmic clash of ideas and personalities to colorful life, Hellman explores both the science and the spirit of the times. Along the way, he reveals that scientific feuds are fueled not only by the purest of intellectual disagreements, but also by intransigence, ambition, jealousy, politics, faith, and the irresistible human urge to be right.
Unusual insight into the development of science . . . I was excited by this book and enthusiastically recommend it to general as well as scientific audiences. -American Scientist
Hellman has assembled a series of entertaining tales. . . . many fine examples of heady invective without parallel in our time. -Nature
An entertaining and informative account of the unusual personalities and sometimes bitter rivalries of some of the world's greatest scientific minds. -Publishers Weekly
A fascinating new book which details some of the most famous disputes of the ages.-Courier Mail
Dry science history turns into entertaining reading without sacrificing historical accuracy. -The Christchurch Press
Great Feuds in Science is wonderful history, as the reader learns how scientists had to fight with religious leaders and other scientists to get their work recognized, accepted, and even get the credit for it! -Bookviews

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In explaining scientific arguments, Hellman has to provide enough scientific and historical background to make the dispute clear while simultaneously keeping his explanation understandable to laymen ... Read full review

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Thoroughly entertaining. The author has a style reminiscent of James Burke narrating the television series "Connections". I actually found myself laughing out loud at times, and it's a serious book ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter
1
Chapter 2
21
Chapter 3
39
Chapter 4
63
Darwins Bulldog versus Soapy Sam
81
Chapter 6
105
Chapter 7
121
Chapter 8
141
Chapter 9
159
Derek Freeman versus Margaret Mead
177
Epilogue
193
Bibliography
207
Index
229
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About the author (1998)

HAL HELLMAN is the internationally acclaimed author of 26 popular science books, including the six-book series The World of the Future. He has also written science articles for such periodicals as the New York Times, Omni, Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, and Geo.

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