Synopses & Reviews
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.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
1. Galileo: The Way Things Really Move
2. William Harvey: Mysteries of the Heart
3. Isaac Newton: What a Color Is
4. Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier: The Farmers Daughter
5. Luigi Galvani: Animal Electricity
6. Michael Faraday: Something Deeply Hidden
7. James Joule: How the World Works
8. A. A. Michelson: Lost in Space
9. Ivan Pavlov: Measuring the Immeasurable
10. Robert Millikan: In the Borderland
Epilogue: The Eleventh Most Beautiful Experiment
Notes and Bibliography