9780822944072

Science Secrets : The Truth about Darwin's Finches, Einstein's Wife, and Other Myths

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    9780822944072

  • ISBN10:

    0822944073

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/29/2011
  • Publisher: Univ of Pittsburgh Pr
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Summary

Was Darwin really inspired by Galaacute;pagos finches? Did Einsteinrs"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 Secretsanswers 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. Martiacute;nez 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.

Table of Contents

List of Myths and Apparent Mythsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisap. 1
Galileo's Pythagorean Heresyp. 13
Newton's Apple and the Tree of Knowledgep. 47
The Stone of the Ancientsp. 70
Darwin's Missing Frogsp. 95
Ben Franklin's Electric Kitep. 118
Coulomb's Impossible Experiment?p. 128
Thomson, Plum-Pudding, and Electronsp. 147
Did Einstein Believe in God?p. 164
A Myth about the Speed of Lightp. 172
The Cult of the Quiet Wifep. 193
Einstein and the Clock Towers of Bernp. 206
The Secret of Einstein's Creativity?p. 216
Eugenics and the Myth of Equalityp. 229
Epiloguep. 247
Notesp. 257
Illustration Sources and Creditsp. 315
Indexp. 317
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