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The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science
The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science Robert Crease 0812970624 9780812970623 Is science beautiful? Yes, argues acclaimed philosopher and historian of science Robert P. Crease in this engaging ex
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The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science by Robert Crease

Is science beautiful? Yes, argues acclaimed philosopher and historian of science Robert P. Crease in this engaging exploration of historys most beautiful experiments. The result is an engrossing journey through nearly 2,500 years of scientific innovation. Along the way, we encounter glimpses into the personalities and creative thinking of some of the fields most interesting figures. We see the first measurement of the earths circumference, accomplished in the third century B.C. by Eratosthenes using sticks, shadows, and simple geometry. We visit Foucaults mesmerizing pendulum, a cannonball suspended from the dome of the Panthon in Paris that allows us to see the rotation of the earth on its axis. We meet Galileothe only scientist with two experiments in the top tenbrilliantly drawing on his musical training to measure the speed of falling bodies. And we travel to the quantum world, in the most beautiful experiment of all. We also learn why these ten experiments exert such a powerful hold on our imaginations. From the ancient world to cutting-edge physics, these ten exhilarating moments reveal something fundamental about the world, pulling us out of confusion and revealing natures elegance.The Prism and the Pendulumbrings us face-to-face with the wonder of science. From the Hardcover edition.

Author: Robert Crease

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 272

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks

Publication Date: 2004-10-12

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ISBN: 0812970624


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