The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson

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A dazzling, irresistible collection of the ten most ground-breaking and beautiful experiments in scientific history.

With the attention to detail of a historian and the story-telling ability of a novelist, New York Times science writer George Johnson celebrates these groundbreaking experiments and re-creates a time when the world seemed filled with mysterious forces and scientists were in awe of light, electricity, and the human body. Here, we see Galileo staring down gravity, Newton breaking apart light, and Pavlov studying his now famous dogs. This is science in its most creative, hands-on form, when ingenuity of the mind is the most useful tool in the lab and the rewards of a well-considered experiment are on elegant display.


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About George Johnson

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George Johnson writes about science for The New York Times. His most recent books, Strange Beauty: Murray Gell-Mann and the Revolution in Twentieth-Century Physics and Fire in the Mind: Science, Faith, and the Search for Order, were finalists for the Aventis and Rhone-Poulenc science book prizes. He has also won the AAAS Science Journalism Award. He is codirector of the Santa Fe Science-Writing Workshop and a former Alicia Patterson fellow. Mr. Johnson lives in Santa Fe. He can be reached on the World Wide Web at talaya.net.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published April 8, 2008 by Vintage. 208 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Johnson (Miss Leavitt’s Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe, 2005, etc.) says in the prologue that he deliberately chose experiments conducted before Big Science made huge teams of researchers and truckloads of apparatus the norm.

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Johnson favors simplicity — not just clean, artful experiments, but those that let us replace convoluted theories with simple explanations.

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson 192pp, Bodley Head, £14.99 In 2002, the magazine Physics World asked its readers to nominate the most beautiful experiments in the history of science.

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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments would make a great present for anyone with an interest in science, biography with a twist, or even an intelligent teen who wants a better appreciation of dull science lessons.

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In fact, in 2003, Robert Crease published The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science, which not only covers much the same ground as The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, but avoids Johnson’s milquetoast ecumenicalism and argues forcibly for the preeminence of its subj...

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