By Alberto A. Martinez
Was Darwin quite encouraged by way of Galápagos finches? Did Einstein’s spouse secretly give a contribution to his theories? Did Franklin fly a kite in a thunderstorm? Did a falling apple lead Newton to common gravity? Did Galileo drop gadgets from the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Did Einstein rather think in God?
Science Secrets solutions those questions and so forth. it's a distinct learn of ways myths evolve within the heritage of technology. a few stories are partially real, others are more often than not fake, but all remove darkness from the strain among the necessity to rather describe the prior and the average wish to fill within the blanks.
Energetically narrated, technology secrets and techniques pits recognized myths opposed to large learn from basic resources which will effectively painting very important episodes within the sciences. Alberto A. Martínez analyzes how such myths develop and rescues ignored proof which are extra attractive than recognized fictions. in addition, he indicates why evaluations that have been as soon as mystery and possible very unlikely are actually scientifically compelling. The publication contains new findings on the topic of the Copernican revolution, alchemy, Pythagoras, younger Einstein, and different occasions and figures within the historical past of science.
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Additional info for Science Secrets: The Truth about Darwin's Finches, Einstein's Wife, and Other Myths
Did Boyle advocate skepticism against alchemy? Is it impossible to convert dull metals into gold? Has nobody become rich with the Philosophers' Stone? Did finches inspire Darwin to his theory of evolution? Did Benjamin Franklin fly a kite in a thunderstorm? Did Coulomb fake his proof of an inverse square law? Did J. J. Thomson imagine plum-pudding in the atom? Did J. J. Thomson discover the electron? Did Einstein believe in God? Do experiments show that the velocity of light is constant? Did Einstein's wife secretly contribute to his theories?
8 All heavenly motions seemed unforced and circular. Like rain and clouds, comets were assumed to happen not above the moon, but in Earth's atmosphere, since they too were fleeting, temporary phenomena. Every night the stars and planets cross the sky in a seemingly circular, westward path. But the planets lag slightly eastward, week after week, and when we track the positions of a planet such as Mars against the background of stars, we find that sometimes, instead of moving uniformly eastward in a circular path, Mars seems to slow down and pause, then go back.
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 ISBN 13: 978-0-8229-62304 ISBN 10: 0-8229-6230-6 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.