Science Secrets: The Truth about Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and Other Myths
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"Secrets of Science" according to R. Yu. This book takes a new look at many centuries old myths surrounding legendary immortal events and accomplishments in the history of science.What did Galileo actually do at the Leaning Tower of Pisa?Was Galileo really a heretic?Did Newton formulate his Theory of Gravity after getting plunked by an apple?What were the Pythagorean Brotherhood actual contributions to the world of knowledge?What did Darwin really do on Galapogos?Did Ben Franklin discover electricity by flying a kite?How did Coulomb discover that electricity was an inversely squared law with distance?Why is J.J. Thomson credited as the discoverer of . Dissecting and Scrutinizing Scientific/Historical Myths Most of us have heard at least some intriguing stories about famous scientists - stories that help illustrate how they came upon their great discoveries. Some such stories involve Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Isaac Newton and a falling apple, Benjamin Franklin and a kite, just to name a few. But are these stories literally true or are they exaggerations or simply pure fabrications? In this spellbinding book, the author, a professor of history, examines the veracity of such myths and legends about science/scientists that have propagated though the centuries and into modern times. Although the book has. Rebecca Stowe said Very cool, surprising treat!. So I'm not much of a scientist--I can barely remember the basics of what I learned in high school. Initially I thought this book might be a bit tough to follow, but I was so pleasantly surprised! The author does a great job of drawing the reader into the myths we learn growing up by teaching the real stories and history behind those myths. And in the process, you actually learn something new and interesting. The tone is fun and energetic, which makes it easy to follow even when complex scientific ideas are discussed. Would be a cool gift for an engineer, or teacher of science or math, or anyone who loves histo
Some tales are partly true, others are mostly false, yet all illuminate the tension between the need to fairly describe the past and the natural desire to fill in the blanks. Energetically narrated, Science Secrets pits famous myths against extensive research from primary sources in order to accurately portray important episodes in the sciences. The book includes new findings related to the Copernican revolution, alchemy, Pythagoras, young Einstein, and other events and figures in the history of science.. It is a unique study of how myths evolve in the history of science. Alberto A. Was Darwin really inspired by Galápagos finches? Did Einstein’s wife secretly contribute to his theories? Did Franklin fly a kite in a thunderstorm? Did a falling apple lead Newton to universal gravity? Did Galileo drop objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Did Einstein really believe in God? Science Secrets answers these questions and many others. Moreover, he sho
"narrates and debunks the myths prevalent among the public and among scientists To paraphrase a paleontological cliche 'absence of evidence (of fossils) is not evidence of absence (of the existence and slow evolution of animals through stages),' the fact that Einstein denies being an atheist did not mean that he was a 'believer' in God or in religion in the commonly understood sense of the words -- a point Martinez makes with skill and agility."