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Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa ✸ i Science Secrets ii ✸ Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa ✸ iii ScienceSecrets • The Truth about Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and Other Myths Alberto A. Martínez University of Pittsburgh Press iv ✸ Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa Published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15260 Copyright © 2011, Alberto A. Martínez All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America Printed on acid-free paper 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Martinez, Alberto A. Science secrets : the truth about Darwin’s finches, Einstein’s wife, and other myths / Alberto A. Martinez. p. cm. Summary:“Accessibly written in an engaging style, this book examines classic popular stories in the history of science. Some of the myths discussed include Franklin’s Kite, Newton’s Apple, and Thomson’s plum pudding model of the atom. Martinez successfully holds readers’ attention by relying on rich documentation from primary sources to debunk speculations that have become reified over time. He argues that although scientists have disagreed with one another, the disagreements have been productive. Features includes extensive primary source documentation and detailed explanations of how to compare contradictory sources in order to determine which accounts are truly valid”­ —Provided by publisher. Includes bibliographical references. ISBN 978-0-8229-4407-2 (hardback) 1. Science—History—Miscellanea. I. Title. Q173.M316 2011 500—dc22                                                             2011003484 Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa ✸ v if they list to try conjecture, He his Fabric of the Heavens has left to their disputes, perhaps to move His laughter at their quaint Opinions wide hereafter, when they come to model Heaven, and calculate the Stars, how they will wield the mighty frame, how build, unbuild, contrive to save appearances . . . Milton, Paradise Lost I do not deal in conjectures. Isaac Newton, 1724 vi ✸ Galileo and the Leaning Tower of Pisa ...


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