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Eurekas and Euphorias : The Oxford Book of Scientific Anecdotes - Walter Gratzer

Eurekas and Euphorias

The Oxford Book of Scientific Anecdotes

Paperback Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780198609407
Number Of Pages: 368

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The march of science has been marked through the years by episodes of drama and comedy, of failure as well as triumph, by outrageous strokes of luck, deserved and undeserved, and sometimes by human tragedy. From the death of Archimedes at the hands of an irritated Roman soldier to the concoction of a superconducting witches' brew at the close of the twentieth century, the stories in Eurekas and Euphorias pour out, told with wit and relish by Walter Gratzer.
Open this book at random and you may chance on the clumsy chemist named Sapper who broke a thermometer in a reaction vat and made the discovery that launched the modern dyestuff industry. Or the physicist who dissolved his gold Nobel Prize medal in acid to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Nazis. We meet mathematicians and physicists in prison cells, and even in a madhouse, making important advances in their field. And we witness the careers, sometimes tragic, sometimes carefree, of the great women scientists, from Hypatia of Alexandria, to Sophie Germain and Sonia Kovalevskaya, to Marie Curie and her relentless battle with the French Academy. A glorious parade unfolds to delight the reader, with stories to astonish, to instruct, and most especially, to entertain.

Industry Reviews

`Walter Gratzer's tales are delightful...' New Scientist `Review from previous edition open the book at any point and be educated, thrilled, sobered or surprised, for there is astonishment and delight on every page . . . a banquet of epiphanies, a reference book which is also a work of art.' Oliver Sacks, in Nature `hilarious, baffling, surreal, dry, shocking, and almost always enthralling. You'll want this book just for the delight of reading it.' Focus `This romp through the best stories from the history of science--from the death of Archimedes to the explanation of superconductivity--will delight even those with just a passing interest in the subject.' Good Book Guide `[Gratzer] is the perfect author and editor for this hilarious compilation of scientific history, gossip and eccentricity.' Sunday Times `Perfect bathroom reading for anyone who wants to get under the skin of science.' Fortean Times `wonderfully entertaining' Sunday Telegraph

A selection of anecdotes... Cats and dogmas A mathematical death The Bucklands deflate a miracle Farmyard thermodynamics Chemistry in the kitchen: the discovery of nitrocellulose Fortune favours the ham fist Rutherford finds a solution The unbreakable cypher Mathematical peril The Pauli principle The first Eureka Baccy and quanta Hewn in marble Koch on cooking Ben Franklin stills the waves Loving an enzyme The poltergeist next door Tug-of-war on the thread of life The living fossil Smoking for the Führer and many more (some 200 entries)

ISBN: 9780198609407
ISBN-10: 019860940X
Series: Popular Science
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.25