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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 Myths||p. ix|
|Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa||p. 1|
|Galileo's Pythagorean Heresy||p. 13|
|Newton's Apple and the Tree of Knowledge||p. 47|
|The Stone of the Ancients||p. 70|
|Darwin's Missing Frogs||p. 95|
|Ben Franklin's Electric Kite||p. 118|
|Coulomb's Impossible Experiment?||p. 128|
|Thomson, Plum-Pudding, and Electrons||p. 147|
|Did Einstein Believe in God?||p. 164|
|A Myth about the Speed of Light||p. 172|
|The Cult of the Quiet Wife||p. 193|
|Einstein and the Clock Towers of Bern||p. 206|
|The Secret of Einstein's Creativity?||p. 216|
|Eugenics and the Myth of Equality||p. 229|
|Illustration Sources and Credits||p. 315|
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