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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Popular Science

By: George Johnson

192 pages, b&b illus


Paperback | May 2009 | #178973 | ISBN-13: 9780099464587
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Hardback | May 2008 | #176455 | ISBN-13: 9780224071963
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About this book

From the universally praised "New York Times" science writer George Johnson ('He provides some of the best science writing I have come across in a long time' - Paul Davies), an irresistible book on the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science - moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply.

The chapters included are: Galileo- The Way Things Really Move; William Harvey - Mysteries of the Heart; Isaac Newton - What a Colour Is; Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier - The Farmer's Daughter; Luigi Galvini - Animal Electricity; Michel Faraday - Something Deeply Hidden; James Joule - How the World Works; A. Michelson: Lost in Space; Ivan Pavlov - Measuring the Immeasurable; and, Robert Millikan - In the Borderland. The diligence of all these scientists was rewarded: in an instant, confusion was swept aside, and something new about nature leapt into view.

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George Johnson writes regularly about science for The New York Times.He has also written for Scientific American, The Atlantic, Time, Slate, and Wired, and his work has been included in The Best American Science Writing. He has received awards from PEN and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his books were twice finalists for the Rhone-Poulenc Prize. His online show, Science Saturday, appears on He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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