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Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science
Robert P. Crease (au)
An engrossing journey through nearly 2,500 years of scientific innovation, plus glimpses into the personalities & creative thinking of some of the field’s most interesting figures. We see: the first measurement of the earth’s circumference, accomp’d. in the 3rd cent. B.C. by Eratosthenes using simple geometry; Foucault’s mesmerizing pendulum, a cannonball suspended from the dome of the Pantheon in Paris that shows the rotation of the earth on its axis; Galileo -- the only scientist with 2 experiments in the top 10 -- measuring the speed of falling bodies; Newton’s decomposition of sunlight with prisms; & the quantum world, in the most beautiful experiment of all. We also learn why these 10 experiments exert such a powerful hold on our imaginations. Ill.
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