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Quirky Sides of Scientists: True Tales of Ingenuity and Error from Physics and Astronomy True Tales of Ingenuity and Error from Physics and Astronomy (Hardcover)

Author:  David R. Topper
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Learn more about Quirky Sides of Scientists: True Tales of Ingenuity and Error from Physics and Astronomy:

Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0387710183
ISBN-13: 9780387710181
Sku: 204544602
Publish Date: 8/1/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  210
Age Range:  NA
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These historical narratives of scientific behavior reveal the often irrational way scientists arrive at and assess their theories. There are stories of Einstein ''s stubbornness leading him to reject a correct interpretation of an experiment and miss an important deduction from his own theory, and Newton missing the important deduction from one of his most celebrated discoveries. This enlightening book clearly demonstrates that the greatest minds throughout history arrived at their famous scientific theories in very unorganized ways and they often did not fully grasp the significance and implications of their own work.

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These historical narratives of scientific behavior reveal the often irrational way scientists arrive at and assess their theories. There are stories of Einstein's stubbornness leading him to reject a correct interpretation of an experiment and miss an important deduction from his own theory, and Newton missing the important deduction from one of his most celebrated discoveries. Copernicus and Galileo are found suppressing information. A theme running throughout the book is the notion that what is obvious today was not so in the past. Scientists seen in their historical context shatter myths and show them to be less modern than we often like to think of them.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0210
Product attributePublisher:   Springer
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