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The Resource The prism and the pendulum : the ten most beautiful experiments in science, Robert P. Crease

The prism and the pendulum : the ten most beautiful experiments in science, Robert P. Crease

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The prism and the pendulum : the ten most beautiful experiments in science
Title
The prism and the pendulum
Title remainder
the ten most beautiful experiments in science
Statement of responsibility
Robert P. Crease
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Language
eng
Summary
Publisher's description: Is science beautiful? Yes, argues acclaimed philosopher and historian of science Robert P. Crease in this engaging exploration of history's most beautiful experiments. The result is an engrossing journey through nearly 2,500 years of scientific innovation. Along the way, we encounter glimpses into the personalities and creative thinking of some of the field's most interesting figures. We see the first measurement of the earth's circumference, accomplished in the third century B.C. by Eratosthenes using sticks, shadows, and simple geometry. We visit Foucault's mesmerizing pendulum, a cannonball suspended from the dome of the Pantȟon in Paris that allows us to see the rotation of the earth on its axis. We meet Galileo--the only scientist with two experiments in the top ten--brilliantly drawing on his musical training to measure the speed of falling bodies. And we travel to the quantum world, in the most beautiful experiment of all. We also learn why these ten experiments exert such a powerful hold on our imaginations. From the ancient world to cutting-edge physics, these ten exhilarating moments reveal something fundamental about the world, pulling us out of confusion and revealing nature's elegance. The Prism and the Pendulum brings us face-to-face with the wonder of science
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Crease, Robert P
Dewey number
509
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q125
LC item number
.C67 2003
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Science
  • Science
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The prism and the pendulum : the ten most beautiful experiments in science, Robert P. Crease
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Publication
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31223050662783
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-240) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxiii, 244 p.
Isbn
9781400061310
Lccn
2003054765
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
52347548
Label
The prism and the pendulum : the ten most beautiful experiments in science, Robert P. Crease
Link
Publication
Bar code
31223050662783
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxiii, 244 p.
Isbn
9781400061310
Lccn
2003054765
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
52347548

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