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A Century of Nature: Twenty-One Discoveries That Changed Science and the World


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's greatest hits—reproductions of seminal contributions that changed science and the world, accompanied by essays written by leading scientists (including four Nobel laureates) that provide historical context for each article, explain its insights in graceful, accessible prose, and celebrate the serendipity of discovery and the rewards of searching for needles in haystacks.

About the Author

Laura Garwin is the research director of the Bauer Center for Genomics Research at Harvard University. She was North American editor for Nature from 1996 to 2001.

Tim Lincoln is the News and Views editor of Nature.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Steven Weinberg

Preface, by Laura Garwin and Tim Lincoln

Chronology of twentieth-century science

1. Raymond Dart and our African origins

C. K. Brain

1925 "Australopithecus africanus: the man-ape of South Africa" by Raymond A. Dart

2. Electrons make waves

Akira Tonomura

1927 "The scattering of electrons by a single crystal of nickel" by C. Davisson and L. H. Germer

3. The atom completed

Maurice Goldhaber

1932 "Possible existence of a neutron" by J. Chadwick

4. Superfluidity: a new state of matter

Allan Griffin

1938 "Viscosity of liquid helium below the -point" by P. Kapitza

5. From nuclear physics to nuclear weapons

Joseph Rotblat

1939 "Disintegration of uranium by neutrons: a new type of nuclear reaction" by Lise Meitner and O. R. Frisch

6. The double helix

Sydney Brenner

1953 "A structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid" by J. D. Watson and F. H. C. Crick

7. Dawn of structural biology

Gregory A. Petsko

1958 "A three-dimensional model of the myoglobin molecule obtained by X-ray analysis" by J. C. Kendrew, G. Bodo, H. M. Dintzis, R. G. Parrish, H. Wyckoff, and D. C. Phillips

8. The first laser

Charles H. Townes

1960 "Stimulated optical radiation in ruby" by T. H. Maiman

9. The quasar enigma

Malcolm Longair

1963 "3C 273: a star-like object with large red-shift" by M. Schmidt

10. Seafloor magnetism and drifting continents

Dan McKenzie

1963 "Magnetic anomalies over oceanic ridges" by F. J. Vine and D. H. Matthews

11. Stellar timekeepers

Joseph H. Taylor

1968 "Observation of a rapidly pulsating radio source" by A. Hewish, S. J. Bell, J. D. H. Pilkington, P. F. Scott, and R. A. Collins

12. Viruses reverse the information flow

Robin A. Weiss

1970 "RNA-dependent DNA polymerase in virions of RNA tumour viruses" by David Baltimore; "RNA-dependent DNA polymerase in virions of Rous sarcoma virus" by Howard M. Temin and Satoshi Mizutani

13. Images of body and brain

Marcus E. Raichle

1973 "Image formation by induced local interactions: examples employing nuclear magnetic resonance" by P. C. Lauterbur

14. Journey to the T cell

Jonathan C. Howard

1974 "Restriction of in vitro T cell-mediated cytotoxicity in lymphocytic choriomeningitis within a syngeneic or semiallogeneic system" by R. M. Zinkernagel and P. C. Doherty

15. Molecular switches for "animal electricity"

Fred J. Sigworth

1976 "Single-channel currents recorded from membrane of denervated frog muscle fibres" by Erwin Neher and Bert Sakmann

16. DNA sequencing: the silent revolution

Peter Little

1977 "Nucleotide sequence of bacteriophage X174 DNA" by F. Sanger, G. M. Air, B. G. Barrell, N. L. Brown, A. R. Coulson, J. C. Fiddes, C. A. Hutchison III, P. M. Slocombe, and M. Smith

17. The blueprint of animals revealed


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Twenty-one Discoveries That Changed Science and the World
University of Chicago Press
Edited by:
Laura Garwin
Laura Garwin
Lincoln, Tim
Tim Lincoln
Garwin, Laura
Science and civilization
Discoveries in science
Science -- History.
History of Science-General
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