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Galileo's Finger The Ten Great Ideas of Science

Popular Science Out of Print
By: Peter Atkins
388 pages, 140 b/w illus, figs
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  • Galileo's Finger ISBN: 9780198609414 Paperback May 2004 Out of Print #143070
  • Galileo's Finger ISBN: 9780198606642 Hardback Mar 2003 Out of Print #137605
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Excellent account of ten pioneering ideas in science ranging from natural selection through quantum theory to curved spacetime.
`The Nobel Prize for Literature has never been won by a scientist. It is high time it happened, and Peter Atkins would be my candidate. He is not a popularizer of science in the ordinary sense.... He is not afraid to lead us toward the far horizons of scientific understanding but, rather than oversimplify and trivialise, he uses his powerful mastery of the English language to open our eyes to the poetry of deep science.... Atkins's literate prose leaves us inspired, fulfilled, enriched, and properly alive.' Richard Dawkins


Prologue: the emergence of understanding; 1. Evolution: the emergence of complexity; 2. DNA: the rationalization of biology; 3. Energy: the universalization of accountancy; 4. Entropy: the spring of change; 5. Atoms: the reduction of matter; 6. Symmetry: the quantification of beauty; 7. Quanta: the simplification of understanding; 8. Cosmology: the globalization of reality; 9. Spacetime: the arena of action; 10. Arithmetic: the limitation of explanation; Epilogue: the future of understanding; Further Reading; Index

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Popular Science Out of Print
By: Peter Atkins
388 pages, 140 b/w illus, figs
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