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Pendulum : Léon Foucault and the triumph of science

Author: Amir D Aczel
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. edView all editions and formats
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In 1851, struggling, self-taught physicist Léon Foucault performed a dramatic demonstration inside the Panthéon in Paris. By tracking a pendulum's path as it swung repeatedly across the interior of the large ceremonial hall, Foucault offered the first definitive proof -- before an audience that comprised the cream of Parisian society, including the future emperor, Napoleon III -- that the earth revolves on its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Léon Foucault; Léon Foucault; Léon Foucault
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Amir D Aczel
ISBN: 0743464788 9780743464789 0743464796 9780743464796
OCLC Number: 60772349
Notes: Originally published : Washington Square Press, 2003.
Description: x, 275 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Contents: A stunning discovery in the cellar --
Ancient logic : Bible and inquisition --
Failed experiments with falling bodies --
A science "irregular" in the age of the engineer --
The meridian of Paris --
"Come see the earth turn" --
Mathematical bedlam --
A new Bonaparte --
The force of Coriolis --
The Panthéon --
The gyroscope --
The coup d'état and the Second Empire --
An unemployed genius --
The observatory physicist --
Final glory --
A premature end --
The defeat at Sedan --
Aftermath --
Appendix : proofs of Foucault's sine law.
Other Titles: Léon Foucault and the triumph of science
Responsibility: Amir D. Aczel.
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The dramatic story of French physicist Leon Foucault, the scientific genius whose famous pendulum would change the way we see our world forever.  Read more...

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Simon Winchester author of The Professor and the Madman [S]eductively captivating....With all the clarity and narrative brilliance that has become [Aczel's] hallmark. The Christian Science Monitor Read more...

 
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