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By Robert P. Crease

Is technology appealing? sure, argues acclaimed thinker and historian of technological know-how Robert P. Crease during this enticing exploration of history’s most lovely experiments. the result's an engrossing trip via approximately 2,500 years of medical innovation. alongside the way in which, we come across glimpses into the personalities and artistic taking into account a number of the field’s finest figures.

We see the 1st size of the earth’s circumference, entire within the 3rd century B.C. through Eratosthenes utilizing sticks, shadows, and easy geometry. We stopover at Foucault’s captivating pendulum, a cannonball suspended from the dome of the Panthéon in Paris that enables us to work out the rotation of the earth on its axis. We meet Galileo—the basically scientist with experiments within the best ten—brilliantly drawing on his musical education to degree the rate of falling our bodies. And we trip to the quantum global, within the most pretty test of all.

We additionally study why those ten experiments exert one of these robust carry on our imaginations. From the traditional global to state-of-the-art physics, those ten exhilarating moments exhibit whatever primary concerning the global, pulling us out of bewilderment and revealing nature’s attractiveness. The Prism and the Pendulum brings us face-to-face with the sweetness of science.

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P. cm. contains bibliographical references. 1. Science—History. 2. Science—Experiments. I. name. Q125. C—dc21 2003054765 Random apartment site deal with: www. atrandom. com 246897531 www. randomhouse. com eISBN: 978-0-307-43253-7 v3.

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