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Eyewitness to science

Author: John Carey
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Using essays, arguments and investigations by scientists such as Darwin, Huxley and Fabre, this text plots the development of modern science from Leonardo da Vinci to the chaos theory. It explores  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Popular works
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Carey
ISBN: 067428755X 9780674287556
OCLC Number: 36543379
Notes: "Scientists and writers illuminate natural phenomena from fossils to fractals"--Cover.
Originally published: The Faber book of science. London ; Boston : Faber and Faber, 1995.
Description: xxvii, 528 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Prelude: The Misfit from Vinci / Leonardo da Vinci --
Going inside the Body / Andreas Vesalius --
Galileo and the Telescope / Galileo Galilei --
William Harvey and the Witches / Geoffrey Keynes --
The Hunting Spider / Robert Hooke and John Evelyn --
Early Blood Transfusion / Henry Oldenburg and Thomas Shadwell --
Little Animals in Water / Antony van Leeuwenhoek --
An Apple and Colours / Isaac Newton and others --
The Little Red Mouse and the Field Cricket / Gilbert White --
Two Mice Discover Oxygen / Joseph Priestley --
Discovering Uranus / Alfred Noyes --
The Big Bang and Vegetable Love / Erasmus Darwin --
Taming the Speckled Monster / Mary Wortley Montagu and Edward Jenner --
The Menace of Population / Thomas Malthus --
How the Giraffe Got its Neck / Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, George Bernard Shaw and Richard Wilbur --
Medical Studies, Paris 1821 / Hector Berlioz --
The Man with a Lid on his Stomach / William Beaumont --
Those Dreadful Hammers: Lyell and the New Geology / Charles Lyell --
The Discovery of Worrying / Adam Phillips --
Pictures for the Million / Samuel F.B. Morse and Marc Antoine Gaudin --
The Battle of the Ants / Henry David Thoreau --
On a Candle / Michael Faraday --
Heat Death / John Updike --
Adam's Navel / Stephen Jay Gould --
Submarine Gardens of Eden: Devon, 1858-9 / Edmund Gosse --
In Praise of Rust / John Ruskin --
The Devil's Chaplain / Charles Darwin --
The Discovery of Prehistory / Daniel J. Boorstin. Chains and Rings: Kekule's Dreams / August Kekule --
On a Piece of Chalk / T.H. Huxley --
Siberia Breeds a Prophet / Bernard Jaffe --
Socialism and Bacteria / David Bodanis --
God and Molecules / James Clerk Maxwell --
Inventing Electric Light / Francis Jehl --
Bird's Custard: The True Story / Nicholas Kurti --
Birth Control: The Diaphragm / Angus McLaren --
Headless Sex: The Praying Mantis / L.O. Howard --
The World as Sculpture / William James --
The Discovery of X-Rays / Wilhelm Roentgen and H.J.W. Dam and others --
No Sun in Paris / Henri Becquerel --
The Colour of Radium / Eve Curie --
The Innocence of Radium / Lavinia Greenlaw --
The Secret of the Mosquito's Stomach / Ronald Ross --
The Poet and the Scientist / Hugh MacDiarmid --
Wasps, Moths and Fossils / Jean-Henri Fabre --
The Massacre of the Males / Maurice Maeterlinck --
Freud on Perversion / Sigmund Freud and W.H. Auden --
Kitty Hawk / Orville Wright --
A Cuckoo in a Robin's Nest / W.H. Hudson --
Was the World Made for Man? / Mark Twain --
Drawing the Nerves / Santiago Ramon y Cajal --
Discovering the Nucleus / C.P. Snow --
Death of a Naturalist / W.N.P. Barbellion --
Relating Relativity / Albert Einstein, Bertrand Russell and A.S. Eddington and others --
Uncertainty and Other Worlds / F.W. Bridgman and others --
Quantum Mechanics: Mines and Machine-Guns / Max Born --
Why Light Travels in Straight Lines / Peter Atkins --
Puzzle Interest / William Empson --
Submarine Blue / William Beebe. Sea-Cucumbers / John Steinbeck --
Telling the Workers about Science / J.B.S. Haldane --
The Making of the Eye / Charles Sherrington --
Green Mould in the Wind / Sarah R. Reidman and Elton T. Gustafson --
In the Black Squash Court: The First Atomic Pile / Laura Fermi --
A Death and the Bomb / Richard Feynman --
The Story of a Carbon Atom / Primo Levi --
Tides / Rachel Carson --
The Hot, Mobile Earth / Charles Officer and Jake Page --
The Poet and the Surgeon / James Kirkup and Dannie Abse --
Enter Love and Enter Death / Joseph Wood Krutch --
In the Primeval Swamp / Jacquetta Hawkes --
Krakatau: The Aftermath / Edward O. Wilson --
Gorillas / George Schaller --
Toads / George Orwell --
Russian Butterflies / Vladimir Nabokov --
Discovering a Medieval Louse / John Steinbeck --
The Gecko's Belly / Italo Calvino --
On the Moon / Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin --
Gravity / John Frederick Nims --
Otto Frisch Explains Atomic Particles / Otto Frisch, Murray Gell-Mann and John Updike --
From Stardust to Flesh / Nigel Calder and Ted Hughes --
Black Holes / Isaac Asimov --
The Fall-Out Planet / J.E. Lovelock --
Galactic Diary of an Edwardian Lady / Edward Larrissy --
The Light of Common Day / Arthur C. Clarke --
Can We Know the Universe? Reflections on a Grain of Salt / Carl Sagan --
Brain Size / Anthony Smith --
On Not Discovering / Ruth Benedict --
Negative Predictions / Peter Medawar --
Clever Animals / Lewis Thomas --
Great Fakes of Science / Martin Gardner. Unnatural Nature / Lewis Wolpert --
Rags, Dolls and Teddy Bears / D.W. Winnicott --
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat / Oliver Sacks --
Seeing the Atoms in Crystals / Lewis Wolpert and Dorothy Hodgkin --
The Plan of Living Things / Francis Crick --
Willow Seeds and the Encyclopaedia Britannica / Richard Dawkins --
Shedding Life / Miroslav Holub --
The Greenhouse Effect: An Alternative View / Freeman Dyson --
Fractals, Chaos and Strange Attractors / Caroline Series, Paul Davies and Tom Stoppard [and others] --
The Language of the Genes / Steve Jones --
The Good Earth is Dying / Isaac Asimov.
Other Titles: Faber book of science.
Responsibility: edited by John Carey.

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