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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. It is a unique study of how myths evolve in the history of science. 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. Alberto A. Martínez analyzes how such myths grow and rescues neglected facts that are more captivating than famous fictions. Moreover, he shows why opinions that were once secret and seemingly impossible are now scientifically compelling. The book includes new findings related to the Copernican revolution, alchemy, Pythagoras, young Einstein, and other events and figures in the history of science.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Quotes
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xvii-xviii
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  1. 1. Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. Galileo’s Pythagorean Heresy
  2. pp. 13-46
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  1. 3. Newton’s Apple and the Tree of Knowledge
  2. pp. 47-69
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  1. 4. The Stone of the Ancients
  2. pp. 70-94
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  1. 5. Darwin’s Missing Frogs
  2. pp. 95-117
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  1. 6. Ben Franklin’s Electric Kite
  2. pp. 118-127
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  1. 7. Coulomb’s Impossible Experiment?
  2. pp. 128-146
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  1. 8. Thomson, Plum-Pudding, and Electrons
  2. pp. 147-163
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  1. 9. Did Einstein Believe in God ?
  2. pp. 164-171
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  1. 10. A Myth about the Speed of Light
  2. pp. 172-192
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  1. 11. The Cult of the Quiet Wife
  2. pp. 193-205
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  1. 12. Einstein and the Clock Towers of Bern
  2. pp. 206-215
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  1. 13. The Secret of Einstein’s Creativity ?
  2. pp. 216-228
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  1. 14. Eugenics and the Myth of Equality
  2. pp. 229-246
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 247-256
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  1. Notes, Illustration Sources and Credits
  2. pp. 257-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-325
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780822980179
Related ISBN
9780822962304
MARC Record
OCLC
887803456
Pages
345
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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