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Curiosity : how science became interested in everything

Author: Philip Ball
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, 2013. ©2013
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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With the recent landing of the Mars rover Curiosity, it seems safe to assume that the idea of being curious is alive and well in modern science-that it's not merely encouraged but is seen as an essential component of the scientific mission. Yet there was a time when curiosity was condemned. Neither Pandora nor Eve could resist the dangerous allure of unanswered questions, and all knowledge wasn't equal-for millennia  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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(DLC) 2012048631
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Ball
ISBN: 9781299276581 129927658X 9780226045825 022604582X
OCLC Number: 830938920
Notes: Originally published by Bodley Head, 2012.
Description: 1 online resource
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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