Science Secrets

Science Secrets

The Truth About Darwin's Finches, Einstein's Wife, and Other Myths

Book - 2011
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Was Darwin really inspired by Gal#65533;pagos finches? Did Einstein'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 Secrets answers 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. Mart#65533;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.

Publisher: Pittsburgh : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2011]
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780822944072
0822944073
Branch Call Number: 500 MAR
Characteristics: xviii, 324 pages :,illustrations ;,25 cm

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