Everything's Relative by Tony Rothman
And Other Fables from Science and Technology

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 1 Critic Review

unrated

Synopsis

The surprising truth behind many of the most cherished "facts" in science history
Morse invented the telegraph, Bell the telephone, Edison the light bulb, and Marconi the radio . . . right? Well . . . the truth is slightly more complicated. The history of science and technology is riddled with apocrypha, inaccuracies, and falsehoods, and physicist Tony Rothman has taken it upon himself to throw a monkey wrench into the works. Combining a storyteller's gifts with a scientist's focus and hardheaded devotion to the facts-such as they may be-Rothman breaks down many of the most famous "just-so" stories of physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, and technology to give credit where credit is truly due. From Einstein's possible misunderstanding of his own theories to actress Hedy Lemarr's role in the invention of the radio-controlled torpedo, he dredges his way through the legends of science history in relating the fascinating stories behind some of the most important, and often unsung, breakthroughs in science.
Tony Rothman, PhD (Bryn Mawr, PA), is a Research Associate at Bryn Mawr College. He is the author of seven other critically acclaimed science books and a frequent contributor to leading science publications, including Scientific American and Discover.
 

About Tony Rothman

See more books from this Author
TONY ROTHMAN is a physicist and writer. He is the author of seven other critically acclaimed science books and a frequent contributor to leading science publications, including Scientific American and Discover.
 
Published May 2, 2008 by Wiley. 272 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Everything's Relative

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Rothman sets a lot of the blame for the problem at the feet of the biggest award in science and on the public's""naive picture of science as a collection of discoveries made by isolated geniuses."" He suggests abolishing the Nobel Prize, and with it scientists' desire to claim first dibs on disco...

| Read Full Review of Everything's Relative: And Ot...

Reader Rating for Everything's Relative
72%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 8 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review