Eyewitness to Science

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John Carey
Harvard University Press, 1997 - Science - 528 pages
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Plotting the development of modern science from Leonardo da Vinci to Chaos Theory, John Carey chooses accounts by scientists themselves that are both elegant and arrestingly written. The classic science-writers are here: Darwin, Huxley, Fabre. So, too, are the luminaries of the late-twentieth-century genre of popular science-writing which, Carey argues, challenges contemporary poetry and fiction in its imaginative power.

 

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Contents

The Misfit from Vinci
1
William Harvey and the Witches
17
An Apple and Colours
30
Discovering Uranus
44
The Menace of Population
54
Medical Studies Paris 182 1
65
The Discovery of Worrying
79
The Battle of the Ants 8 5
85
Uncertainty and Other Worlds 2 77
277
Why Light Travels in Straight Lines 2 86
286
Submarine Blue 2 93
293
SeaCucumbers
300
The Making of the Eye
310
Green Mould in the Wind
318
32 4
324
The Story of a Carbon Atom
338

Heat Death
93
Devon 18589
106
The Devils Chaplain
114
The Discovery of Prehistory 12 9
129
Kekules Dreams
137
On a Piece of Chalk
139
Socialism and Bacteria
160
The True Story
173
No Sun in Paris
188
The Innocence of Radium 2
202
The Massacre of the Males
229
Freud on Perversion 2 32
235
A Cuckoo in a Robins Nest
241
Drawing the Nerves 2 51
251
Discovering the Nucleus 2 60
260
Relating Relativity 2 67
267
The Hot Mobile Earth
351
In the Primeval Swamp
370
Toads
389
Otto Frisch Explains Atomic Particles
403
From Stardust to Flesh
416
Can We Know the Universe?
436
Clever Animals
449
Seeing the Atoms in Crystals
467
Willow Seeds and the Encyclopaedia Britannica 482
482
Shedding Life
488
Fractals Chaos and Strange Attractors
495
The Language of the Genes
505
Acknowledgements
517
Index of Names 52 2
525
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About the author (1997)

John Carey is Merton Professor of English at Oxford University. A distinguished critic, reviewer, & broadcaster, he is the author of several books, including "The Intellectuals & the Masses".

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