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Elegance in science : the beauty of simplicity

Author: Ian Glynn
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013, cop. 2010.
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What does elegance have to do with science? A great deal, as Ian Glynn shows. Science is creative, and scientists place elegance high in their rating of a good theory or experiment. An elegant mathematical proof, an elegant experiment, is one that is economical and imaginative, and often disarmingly simple once explained. Glynn takes the reader through various examples, from Kepler's Laws on planetary motion to the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Glynn
ISBN: 9780199668816 0199668817
OCLC Number: 894030082
Description: 1 vol. (xvii-271 p.) : ill., couv. ill. en coul. ; 20 cm
Contents: The meaning of elegance --
Celestial mechanics : the route to Newton --
Bringing the heavens down to earth --
So what is heat? --
Elegance and electricity --
Throwing light on light : with the story of Thomas Young --
How do nerves work? --
Information handling in the brain --
The genetic code --
Epilogue : a cautionary tale.
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The elegance in science is not always obvious, but it does play an important role. Here, Ian Glynn selects historical examples from a wide range of sciences to draw out the principle of elegance,  Read more...

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An erudite book...Well illustrated and full of historical anecdote and background, this is an elegant volume indeed. * Serge Daan, Nature * ...there is a wealth of historical information packed in Read more...

 
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