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Weighing the Soul : Scientific Discovery from the Brilliant to the Bizarre,9781611457421

Weighing the Soul : Scientific Discovery from the Brilliant to the Bizarre

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9781611457421

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1611457424
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Pub. Date:
3/17/2013
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FRWHEEL
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Summary

Winner of the IgNobel Prize inphysics and the 2004 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, LenFisher showed just how much fun science can be in his enthusiastically praiseddebut, How to Dunk a Doughnut. Inthis new work, he reveals that science sometimes takes a path through theridiculous and the bizarre to discover that Nature often simply does not followcommon sense. One experiment, involving a bed,platform scales, and a dying man, seemed to prove that the soul weighed thesame as a slice of bread. But other, no less fanciful experiments and ideas ledto the fundamentals of our understanding of movement, heat, light, and energy,and such things as the discovery of electricity, and the structure of DNA;improved engines; and the invention of computers. As in his previous book,Fisher uses personal stories and examples from everyday life, as well as humor,to make the science accessible. He touches on topics from lightning to corsetsand from alchemy to Frankenstein and water babies, but he may not claim thelast word on the weight of the soul!


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