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|Description:||304 p. : ill. (some col.), col. map ; 26 cm.|
|Contents:||On the shoulders of giants --
Universe. Nicolaus Copernicus: inventory of the solar system; Johannes Kepler: analyst of planetary motion; Galileo Galilei: laying the foundations of modern science; Isaac Newton: the laws of motion and gravity; Michael Faraday: seminal experiments in electromagnetism; James Clerk Maxwell: the electromagnetic nature of light and radiation; Albert Einstein: thought experiments in space, time and relativity; Edwin Powell Hubble: astronomer of an expanding universe --
Earth. James Hutton: the earth's stable system; Charles Lyell: earth's present as the key to its past; Alexander von Humboldt: adventurous explorer and pioneering ecologist; Alfred Wegener: meteorologist and proponent of continental drift --
Molecules and matter. Robert Boyle: experimental investigations into the nature of matter --
Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier: the founder of modern chemistry --
John Dalton: the development of atomic theory --
Dmitri Mendeleev: the creator of the periodic table --
August Kekulé: carbon chains, the benzene ring and chemical structures --
Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin: the structure of complex biological molecules; Chandrasekhar Venkata Raman: molecular physicist and theorist of light --
Inside the Atom. Marie Curie and Pierre Curie: pioneers of radioactivity; Ernest Rutherford: penetrating the secrets of the atomic nucleus; Niels Bohr: leader in quantum research; Linus Carl Pauling: architect of structural chemistry and peace activist; Enrico Fermi: creator of the atomic bomb; Hideki Yukawa: Japan's first Nobel Laureate. Life. Carl Linnaeus: botanist who named the natural world; Jan IngenHousz: physiologist and discoverer of photosynthesis; Charles Darwin: the theory of evolution by natural selection; Gregor Mendel: the father of genetics and the laws of biological inheritance; Jan Purkinje: investigator of vision and pioneer of neuroscience; Santiago Ramón y Cajal: the fine structure of the brain; Francis Crick and James Watson: decoding the structure of DNA and the secret of life --
Body and mind. Andreas Vesalius: renaissance anatomist of the human body; William Harvey: experimental physician who discovered the circulation of blood; Louis Pasteur: revolutions in the treatment of disease; Francis Galton: explorer, statistician, psychologist and inventor of eugenics; Sigmund Freud: theorist of the unconscious and the founder of psychoanalyis; Alan Turing: the father of computer science and artificial intelligence; John von Neumann: mathematician and designer of the electronic computer; Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey: the origins of humankind.
|Responsibility:||edited by Andrew Robinson.|
An amazing book, magnificently covering the grand sweep of scientific endeavor. With each discovery, our vision shifts; the world seems renewed.
- Scientists -- Biography.
- Discoveries in science.
- Science -- History.
- Science -- Biography.
- Science -- history -- Biography.
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