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Remarkable Discoveries!by Frank Ashall
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Remarkable Discoveries! shows how scientists have made great discoveries that have pushed back the frontiers of knowledge and have changed the way we look at the world. Frank Ashall, scientist and writer, takes us on a magical mystery tour of eighteen major scientific discoveries. Electricity, X-rays, DNA fingerprinting and the Big Bang are but a few of the achievements on which the author writes. We delve into the world of the researcher and experience the excitement as each discovery is unfolded. Can we thank chance or just intelligence and hard work for the scientists' success? We learn that most discoveries are in fact made by accident, or from the curiosity of scientists who are interested in learning more about Nature's laws.
Remarkable Discoveries shows how scientists have made great discoveries that have pushed back the frontiers of knowledge and have changed the way we look at the world. Frank Ashall, scientist and writer, takes us on a magical mystery tour of eighteen major scientific discoveries. Electricity, X-rays, DNA fingerprinting and the Big Bang are but a few of the achievements on which the author writes. This book contains the personalities, the trials and the triumphs of the major scientific discoveries that have benefited humanity.
Remarkable Discoveries! is an enthusiastic and engaging narrative that explores eighteen exciting discoveries--found in all areas of science--that have had a profound impact on modern life. Writing in an informative yet relaxed style, the author relates the histories of such fascinating discoveries as electricity, DNA, microbes, plate tectonics, and x-rays. He emphasizes the personalities involved, the role of serendipity, and the elements of surprise and wonder that often accompany scientific research. This book's wonderful vignettes, related in highly readable prose, will leave any reader intrigued and informed.
Takes the reader on an exhilarating tour through scientific discoveries that have benefited humanity.
Table of Contents
Preface; Useful information; 1. The father of electricity; 2. One giant leap for mankind; 3. Medicine's marvellous rays; 4. Things that glow in the dark; 5. Parcels of light; 6. Dr Einstein's fountain pen; 7. The Big Bang, or how it all began; 8. Molecular soccerballs; 9. Jostling plates, earthquakes and volcanoes; 10. Soda pop, phlogiston and Lavoisier's oxygen; 11. Of beer, vinegar, milk, silk and germs; 12. Of milkmaids, chickens and mad dogs; 13. Malaria's cunning seeds; 14. Penicillin from pure pursuits; 15. DNA, the alphabet of life; 16. Cutting DNA with molecular scissors; 17. DNA, the molecular detective; 18. Magic bullets; Further Reading; Index.
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