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Curiosity : how science became interested in everything

Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013. ©2012
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the evolution of curiosity from stigma to scientific stimulus through a look at the inventions and discoveries made between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, and details how curiosity functions in science today.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
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All Authors / Contributors: Philip Ball
ISBN: 9780226045795 022604579X
OCLC Number: 818318026
Notes: Originally published by Bodley Head, 2012.
Description: viii, 465 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Old questions --
The academies of secrets --
The theatre of curiosity --
The hunt of Pan --
Professors of everything --
More things in Heaven and Earth --
Cosmic disharmonies --
The first men in the moon --
Nature free and bound --
On the head of a pin --
The light of nature --
Chasing elephants --
Professional virtuosi, or curiosity served cold.
Responsibility: Philip Ball.

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"Philip Ball's fascinating book revels not just in the experiments of these early scientists, but also in their humanity, foibles and passions. Curiosity may lead us down blind alleys as often as it Read more...

 
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