From Galileo to Gell-Mann : The Wonder That Inspired the Greatest Scientists of All Time - In Their Own Words

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  • Copyright: 2009-09-15
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Scientists are very often astonished by what the study of nature can reveal and many of the worlds greatest scientists have expressed this astonishment in their books or papers, but very often these reflections are hidden inside thousands of pages. In this handome volume, Bersanelli and Gargantini have collected these expressions of wonder from the most acclaimed scientists of the present and of the past. They also provide commentary and offer context.

Author Biography

Marco Bersanelli is professor of astrophysics at the University of Milan. He has worked as a visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California and is a member of the science team of the Planck Surveyor Space Mission, the European Space Agency project to study the early universe. He is also president of EURESIS, a scientific and cultural association promoting interdisciplinary dialogue on frontier topics in science.

Mario Gargantini is an electronic engineer, a scientific journalist, and the director of Emmeciquadro, a journal on science teaching. He was also a high school physics teacher for twenty years. He has authored several books and essays on science and religion, history of science, and education; he has also been curator of a dozen of scientific exhibitions. In 1987 he won the Glaxo Award and in 1990 he won the Federchimica Award, both for science communication.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Wonderp. 3
Wonder and Realityp. 5
Wonder and Beautyp. 9
Wonder and Contemplationp. 16
Wonder and Curiosityp. 21
Wonder and Knowledgep. 26
Wonder and Joyp. 31
Wonder and Observationp. 32
Observationp. 33
Observation and Affectionp. 36
Observation and Preconceptionp. 42
Observation and Realismp. 49
Observation and Questionp. 53
Observation and Experimentp. 57
Experimentp. 61
Experiment and Naturep. 63
Experiment and Methodp. 70
Experiment and Attentionp. 78
Experiment and Discoveryp. 85
Discoveryp. 89
Discovery and Eventp. 92
Discovery and Innovationp. 99
Discovery and Imaginationp. 104
Discovery and Intuitionp. 109
Discovery and Companyp. 114
Discovery and the Unforeseenp. 119
Discovery and Gratitudep. 127
Discovery and Certaintyp. 130
Certaintyp. 135
Certainty and Realityp. 138
Certainty and Patiencep. 145
Certainty and Limitsp. 146
Certainty and Impossibilityp. 151
Certainty and Knowabilityp. 154
Certainty and Personp. 158
Certainty and Signp. 162
Signp. 167
Sign and Knowledgep. 171
Sign and Chancep. 181
Sign and Originp. 188
Sign and Mysteryp. 195
Sign and Designp. 199
Sign and Purposep. 209
Purposep. 211
Purpose and Responsibilityp. 214
Purpose and Harmonyp. 227
Purpose and Religionp. 234
Purpose and Moralityp. 239
Purpose and Faithp. 243
Purpose and Praisep. 248
Acknowledgmentsp. 251
Biographical Notesp. 255
Glossaryp. 289
Notesp. 303
Indexp. 313
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