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Defining Moments in Science: Over a Century of the Greatest Scientists, Discoveries, Inventions and Events That Rocked the Scientific World

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By: Andrew Impey, Mark Steer and Hayley Birch

800 pages, 250

Cassell Illustrated

Paperback | Sep 2008 | #177848 | ISBN-13: 9781844035892
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We've come a long way from guesses at the Earth's shape (flat) and it's place in the Universe (dead centre). Thanks to ideas of pure genius and accidental realisations, we now see the world completely differently, able to do more and go further. Follow the "Little Black Book: Science" as it highlights the key moments in a century that has seen more progress than any other. Written with flair and insight, it covers widely familiar inventions, great scientific thinkers such as Einstein and Stephen Hawkings, ground-breaking discoveries and mind-boggling theorems that altered the way we see the world, and the less well-known moments that provided the foundations for later discoveries. With all the key moments placed in their social, historical and scientific contexts, the book brings the complexities and secrets of the Universe, the world and everything in them to within your grasp.


The moments, discoveries and people of the last one hundred years in the scientific world including: Rontgen and X-Rays, Curie and Polonium, quantum theory, Landsteiner and blood types, Marconi's radio signals, Poincare and Chaos theory, Einstein's theory of relativity, dating the Earth, Brownian motion, Walcott's fossils at Burgess Shale Rutherford's gold foil experiment, Plemelj and Fermat's last theorum, Leavitt measures the cosmos, Eddington and stellar evolution, Hubble and the nature of galaxies, the Big Bang theory, Quantum mechanics, Antimatter predicted, the splitting of the atom and much more.

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Null Hypothesis, the Journal of Unlikely Science is an online science magazine that attracts the science-loving general public as well as science specialists. The team have secured a column with the Daily Telegraph and a regular slot on BBC Radio Bristol. They make regular contributions to BBC Radio Five. They publish articles online on a broad spectrum of scientific topics, gained over 900 subscribers to its weekly newsletter and begun to produce a monthly podcast, The Unlikely Science Podcast. Dr Andrew Impey and Dr Mark Steer have worked as lecturers at the Universities of Bristol and the West of England, in Conservation and Ecology, and Conservation and Statistics. Mark received a British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA) media fellowship and has written science articles for BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Sunday Telegraph. Hayley Birch is a biology graduate and freelance science writer and recipient of a Wellcome Trust funded Association of British Science Writers bursary for postgraduate science communication studies at UWE. Hayley has also written articles for Nature, BBC Focus magazine and The Naked Scientists.

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