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The Resource Science secrets : the truth about Darwin's finches, Einstein's wife, and other myths, Alberto A. Martínez

Science secrets : the truth about Darwin's finches, Einstein's wife, and other myths, Alberto A. Martínez

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Science secrets : the truth about Darwin's finches, Einstein's wife, and other myths
Title
Science secrets
Title remainder
the truth about Darwin's finches, Einstein's wife, and other myths
Statement of responsibility
Alberto A. Martínez
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Was Darwin really inspired by Galapagos finches? Did Einstein's wife secretly contribute to his theories? Did Franklin fly a kite in a thunderstorm? Did a falling apple lead Newton to universal gravity? Did Galileo drop objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Did Einstein really believe in God? Science Secrets answers these questions and many others. It is a unique study of how myths evolve in the history of science. Some tales are partly true, others are mostly false, yet all illuminate the tension between the need to fairly describe the past and the natural desire to fill in the blanks. Energetically narrated, Science Secrets pits famous myths against extensive research from primary sources in order to accurately portray important episodes in the sciences. Alberto A. Martinez analyzes how such myths grow and rescues neglected facts that are more captivating than famous fictions. Moreover, he shows why opinions that were once secret and seemingly impossible are now scientifically compelling. The book includes new findings related to the Copernican revolution, alchemy, Pythagoras, young Einstein, and other events and figures in the history of science"--
  • "Accessibly written in an engaging style, this book examines classic popular stories in the history of science. Some of the myths discussed include Franklin's Kite, Newton's Apple, and Thomson's plum pudding model of the atom. Martne̕z successfully holds readers' attention by relying on rich documentation from primary sources to debunk speculations that have become reified over time. He argues that although scientists have disagreed with one another, the disagreements have been productive. Features includes extensive primary source documentation and detailed explanations of how to compare contradictory sources in order to determine which accounts are truly valid"--
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Martínez, Alberto A
Dewey number
500
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q173
LC item number
.M316 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Science
  • SCIENCE / History
Label
Science secrets : the truth about Darwin's finches, Einstein's wife, and other myths, Alberto A. Martínez
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Galileo and the leaning Tower of Pisa -- Galileo's pythagorean heresy -- Newton's apple and the tree of knowledge -- The stone of the ancients -- Darwin's missing grogs -- Ben Franklin's electric kite -- Coulomb's impossible experiment? -- Thomson, Plum-Pudding, and electrons -- Did Einstein believe in God? -- A myth about the speed of light -- The cult of the quiet wife -- Einstein and the clock towers of Bern -- The secret of Einstein's creativity? -- Eugenics and the myth of equality
  • Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa -- Galileo's Pythagorean heresy -- Newton's apple and the Tree of Knowledge -- The Stone of the Ancients -- Darwin's missing frogs -- Ben Franklin's electric kite -- Coulomb's impossible experiment? -- Thomson, plum-pudding, and electrons -- Did Einstein believe in God? -- A myth about the speed of light -- The cult of the quiet wife -- Einstein and the clock towers of Bern -- The secret of Einstein's creativity? -- Eugenics and the myth of equality
Control code
ocm682895134
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 324 pages
Isbn
9780822944072
Lccn
2011003484
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)682895134
  • (Sirsi) a1079633
Label
Science secrets : the truth about Darwin's finches, Einstein's wife, and other myths, Alberto A. Martínez
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Galileo and the leaning Tower of Pisa -- Galileo's pythagorean heresy -- Newton's apple and the tree of knowledge -- The stone of the ancients -- Darwin's missing grogs -- Ben Franklin's electric kite -- Coulomb's impossible experiment? -- Thomson, Plum-Pudding, and electrons -- Did Einstein believe in God? -- A myth about the speed of light -- The cult of the quiet wife -- Einstein and the clock towers of Bern -- The secret of Einstein's creativity? -- Eugenics and the myth of equality
  • Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa -- Galileo's Pythagorean heresy -- Newton's apple and the Tree of Knowledge -- The Stone of the Ancients -- Darwin's missing frogs -- Ben Franklin's electric kite -- Coulomb's impossible experiment? -- Thomson, plum-pudding, and electrons -- Did Einstein believe in God? -- A myth about the speed of light -- The cult of the quiet wife -- Einstein and the clock towers of Bern -- The secret of Einstein's creativity? -- Eugenics and the myth of equality
Control code
ocm682895134
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xviii, 324 pages
Isbn
9780822944072
Lccn
2011003484
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)682895134
  • (Sirsi) a1079633

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