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Eurekas and Euphorias: The Oxford Book of Scientific Anecdotes

Popular Science

By: Walter Gratzer

357 pages, no illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | May 2004 | #143069 | ISBN: 019860940X
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Hardback | Sep 2002 | #135809 | ISBN: 0192804030
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About this book

Contains 181 anecdotes which are more like miniature essays, brilliantly crafted by a lead reviewer for Nature and illuminating individuals, their work and context, and also the whole cultural structure of science.
'There is astonishment and delight on every page' Oliver Sacks, Nature.


Contents

A SELECTION OF ANECDOTES..; Cats and dogmas; A mathematical death; The Bucklands deflate a miracle; Farmyard thermodynamics; Chemistry in the kitchen: the discovery of nitrocellulose; Fortune favours the ham fist; Rutherford finds a solution; The unbreakable cypher; Mathematical peril; The Pauli principle; The first Eureka; Baccy and quanta; Hewn in marble; Koch on cooking; Ben Franklin stills the waves; Loving an enzyme; The poltergeist next door; Tug-of-war on the thread of life; The living fossil; Smoking for the Fuhrer; AND MANY MORE (SOME 200 ENTRIES)


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