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Eureka! : scientific breakthroughs that changed the world

Author: Leslie Alan Horvitz
Publisher: New York : J. Wiley, ©2002.
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The common language of genius: Eureka! While the roads that lead to breakthrough scientific discovery can be as varied and complex as the human mind, the moment of insight for all scientists is remarkably similar. The word 'eureka!', attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes, has come to express that universal moment of joy, wonder - and even shock - at discovering something entirely new.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Horvitz, Leslie Alan.
Eureka!.
New York : J. Wiley, ©2002
(DLC) 2001046890
(OCoLC)48077469
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie Alan Horvitz
ISBN: 0471233412 9780471233411 128034265X 9781280342653
OCLC Number: 50766822
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 246 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction: A sudden flash of light --
A breath of immoral air: Joseph Priestley and the discovery of oxygen --
Epiphany at Clapham Road: Friedrich Kekule and the discovery of the structure of carbon compounds --
A visionary from Siberia: Dmitry Mendeleyev and the invention of the periodic table --
The birth of amazing discoveries: Isaac Newton and the theory of gravity --
The forgotten inventor: Philo Farnsworth and the development of television --
A faint shadow of its former self: Alexander Fleming and the discovery of penicillin --
A flash of light in Franklin Park: Charles Townes and the invention of the laser --
The pioneer of Pangaea: Alfred Wegener and the theory of continental drift --
Solving the mystery of mysteries: Charles Darwin and the origin of species --
Unraveling the secret of life: James Watson and Francis Crick and the discovery of the double helix --
Broken teacups and infinite coastlines: Benoit Mandelbrot and the invention of fractal geometry.
Responsibility: Leslie Alan Horvitz.
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The common language of genius: Eureka! While the roads that lead to breakthrough scientific discovery can be as varied and complex as the human mind, the moment of insight for all scientists is remarkably similar. The word 'eureka!', attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes, has come to express that universal moment of joy, wonder - and even shock - at discovering something entirely new.

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