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The science magpie : a hoard of fascinating facts, stories, poems, diagrams and jokes, plucked from science and its history

Author: Simon Flynn
Publisher: London : Icon, 2012.
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Fascinating lists, facts, stories, poems, drawings, diagrams - and even jokes - across the scientific disciplines and from science's bejewelled history.
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Flynn, Simon.
Science magpie.
London : Icon, 2012
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Flynn
ISBN: 1848314310 9781848314313
OCLC Number: 902947912
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 278 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Dedication; CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; 'HYMN TO SCIENCE'; HOW DO THEY DO IT?; THE SCIENTIST; VALUE JUDGEMENTS; THE TRUE MEASURE OF THINGS (PART 1); AS EASY AS Al, Be, Cs; THE SQUARE OF SCIENTIFIC DELIGHTS; VARIATIONS ON A THEME OF OCKHAM'S RAZOR; NAME THAT NUMBER; THE 'GREATEST EQUATION EVER'; TO MARRY OR NOT TO MARRY, THAT IS THE QUESTION; 'A CHEMIC UNION'; BINARY BASICS; THE ENERGY OF RICHTER; SCIENCE'S MOLECULE OF THE YEAR/BREAKTHROUGH OF THE YEAR AWARD; GEOLOGICAL TIME PIECE; 'TWIN LIMB-LIKE BASALT COLUMNS'; MNEMONIC FOR REMEMBERING THE GEOLOGICAL TIMESCALE; 'MOSQUITO DAY' The etymology and scrabble score of some common scientific wordstaking acid; a good indicator of ... ; i holy see the error of my ways; rabbit, rabbit, rabbit-rabbit, rabbit-rabbit-rabbit, rabbit-rabbit-rabbit-rabbit-rabbit; ban dihydrogen monoxide!; solar eclipses galore; 'a remarkable book, sure to make a mighty stir'; 'the four stages of public opinion'; 'endless forms most beautiful'; are you cleverer than a fifteen-year-old ... from 1858?; by degrees; biological classification; threatened species; the big five; the last 500 million year evolution of vertebrates; the torino impact hazard scale. The 10 million bookthe poets' scientist; when left can be right and right can be wrong; the scientific equivalent of: have you read a work of shakespeare's?; you can't win, you know; the mpemba effect; maxwell's demon; hotter than hell; on the other side of silence; 'the chemical history of the candle'; when it comes to what's in your genes, size isn't everything; would you adam and eve it?; euclid's algorithm; the periodic snail; making the standard model; the large hadron collider rap; the relative hardness of being; your reading list for this week is ... ; what are you made of? Why is the sky dark at night?unweaving the rainbow; the new atlantis; a plurality of worlds in every earring; a law by any other name ... ; just not my cup of tea; a prime determiner; for goodness sake, show your working; 'the degree of opacity'; real molecules with silly names; the music of the spheres; britain's first professional female scientist; the birth of the quantum; the definition of a planet; the interstellar pioneer; the true measure of things (part 2); nature and nurture; one clear, unchanged, and universal light; another hue unto the rainbow; on a new kind of ray. Centenary icons of science and technologymeasuring the speed of light using chocolate, a microwave and a ruler; 'space shifted about like a swan that can't settle'; relatively speaking; royal society prize for science books; the book that caused a paradigm shift; practical politics; types of ionising radiation; the dose makes the poison; to decay with precision; going nuclear in a sports hall; an unholy trinity; in cold blood; more than the germ of an idea; a short history of the atom; would the real schrödinger's cat please stand up; to a measurable infinity and beyond.
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