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Galileo's Commandment : an Anthology of Great Science Writing (97 Edition)


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Bolles has scoured the literature of science to build a treasury that is accessible and riveting, and therefore appealing to readers unfamiliar with science, yet erudite enough for the scientifically initiated to enjoy.

About the Author

Edmund Blair Bolles is a writer living in New York City.

Table of Contents


Part One

The Scientific Imagination Examined

Chapter One

"Every Real Problem Can and Will Be Solved"

Isaac Asimov: Death in the Laboratory (1965)

Arthur S. Eddington: The Story of Algol (1927)

Ernst Mach: A New Sense (1897)

John B. Watson: The New Science of Animal Behavior (1909)

Chapter Two

"Language of the Sort That Would Have Attracted Gilbert and Sullivan"

Karl Popper: Heroic Science (1974)

John McPhee: Naming the Rocks (1981)

Herbert Butterfield: Chemistry Transformed (1949)

Jean Piaget: Learning to See Through Another's Jean Piaget: Learning to See Through Another's Eyes (1928)

Chapter Three

"The Actual Limits of What Is Known"

Stephen Jay Gould: The Misuse of Darwin (1981)

Noam Chomsky: The Case Against B. F. Skinner (1971)

Francis Bacon: Idols of the Tribe (1620)

Part Two

The Scientific Imagination in Action

Chapter Four

"Brought Near to That Great Fact—That Mystery of Mysteries"

Galileo Galilei: First Look Through a Telescope (1610)

Leonardo da Vinci: Seashells in the Mountains (1480-1515)

Charles Darwin: Birds of the Galapagos (1839)

George B. Schaller: Mating Seasons (1980)

p0Chapter Five

"But What Are They?"

Herodotus: The Creation of Egypt (444 B.C.)

Horace Bénédict de Saussure: The Movement of Glaciers (1796)

James Clerk Maxwell: Molecules (1873)

Robert Kennedy Duncan: Radio-Activity: A New Property of Matter (1902)

I. P. Pavlov: The Atoms of Activity (1924)

Annie J. Cannon: Classifying the Stars (1926)

Chapter Six

"The Demonstration That Cost So Much Effort"

Galileo Galilei: Where Is the Center of the Universe? (1632)

Robert Boyle: Doubting the Four Elements (1661)

Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke: Dispute on the Nature of Light (1672)

Marie Curie: Obtaining Radium (1923)

Alfred Wegener: Jigsaw Continents (1929)

Ernest Rutherford: The Transmutation of the Atom (1933)

James Watson: The Double Bases (1968)

Carl Sagan: Has the Earth Already Been Visited? (1973)

Walter Sullivan: Looking for the Drift (1974)

George Smoot: Looking for the Big Bang (1994)

Chapter Seven

"Those Who Would Judge the Book Must Read It"

Johannes Kepler: I Admit the Moon Has Seas (1610)

Voltaire: The Importance of Isaac Newton (1733)

Thomas H. Huxley: The Darwinian Hypothesis (1859)

William Bateson: Galton's Genetics (1909)

Edmund Blair Bolles: Gestalt Psychology (1991)

Bertrand Russell: What Einstein Did (1925)

J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Science in Change (1953)

Chapter Eight

"Somehow the Wave Had to Exist"

Sir James Jeans: The End of the Universe (1929)

Frederic C. Bartlett: Imagery in Though (1932)

Gordon W. Allport: The Mature Personality (1937)

Fred Hoyle: The Expanding Universe (1950)

Loren C. Eiseley: Little Men and Flying Saucers (1953)

Werner Heisenberg: Atomic Physics and Causal Law (1958)

Richard Feynman: The Distinction of Past and Future (1965)

Edward Harrison: The Golden Walls of Edgar Allan Poe (1987)

Fred Alan Wolf: Waves Without a Breeze (1986)

Heinz R. Pagels: Making the Observer Count (1982)

Paul Davies: Schrödinger's Cats and Wigner's Friends (1980)

Chapter Nine

"Every Intellect Which Strives After Generalization Must Feel the Temptation"

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier: Preface to The Elements of Chemistry (1789)

Alfred Wallace: On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type (1859)

Hermann von Helmholtz: The Conservation of Energy (1863)

Albert Einstein: Two Theories of Relatively (1916)

Part Three

Style in the Scientific Imagination

Chapter Ten

"It Is in Some Fashion a History"

Galileo Galilei: The Speed of Falling Bodies (1638)

Lucretius: The Persistence of Atoms (60 B.C.)

J. B. S. Haldane: Food Control in Insect Societies (1928)

Julian Huxley: Animals Courting (1943)

Rachel Carson: The Long Snowfall (1951)

Louise B. Young: How Ice Changed the World (1983)

Richard Preston: Dark Time (1987)

Primo Levi: Carbon (1975)


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