The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Apr 8, 2008 - Science - 208 pages
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A dazzling, irresistible collection of the ten most ground-breaking and beautiful experiments in scientific history.

With the attention to detail of a historian and the story-telling ability of a novelist, New York Times science writer George Johnson celebrates these groundbreaking experiments and re-creates a time when the world seemed filled with mysterious forces and scientists were in awe of light, electricity, and the human body. Here, we see Galileo staring down gravity, Newton breaking apart light, and Pavlov studying his now famous dogs. This is science in its most creative, hands-on form, when ingenuity of the mind is the most useful tool in the lab and the rewards of a well-considered experiment are on elegant display.


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User Review  - Tony - Goodreads

THE TEN MOST BEAUTIFUL EXPERIMENTS. (2008). George Johnson. ***. This is a more-or-less pedestrian rehash of some significant advances in science made as a result of carefully planned and executed ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mark Muckerman - Goodreads

Hmmmm. How to provide a review which is fair, balanced and accurate, yet doesn't portray me as a pretentious ass. . . a challenge, to be sure! In fairness, the ten "most" of anything is subjective ... Read full review

Contents

Mysteries of the Heart
17
In the Borderland
138
Experiment
157
Acknowledgments
179
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About the author (2008)

George Johnson writes regularly about science for The New York Times. He has also written for Scientific American, The Atlantic, Time, Slate, and Wired, and his work has been included in The Best American Science Writing. A former Alicia Patterson fellow, he has received awards from PEN and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his books were twice finalists for the Rhone-Poulenc Prize.


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