The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

Author(s): George Johnson

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From the universally praised "New York Times" science writer George Johnson comes an irresistible book on the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science - moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply.
Chapter 1 - Galileo: The Way Things Really Move;
Chapter 2 - William Harvey: Mysteries of the Heart;
Chapter 3 - Isaac Newton: What a Colour Is;
Chapter 4 - Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier: The Farmer's Daughter;
Chapter 5 - Luigi Galvini: Animal Electricity;
Chapter 6 - Michel Faraday: Something Deeply Hidden;
Chapter 7 - James Joule: How the World Works;
Chapter 8 - A. Michelson: Lost in Space;
Chapter 9 - Ivan Pavlov: Measuring the Immeasurable; and
Chapter 10 - Robert Millikan: In the Borderland.
The diligence of all these scientists was rewarded: in an instant, confusion was swept aside, and something new about nature leapt into view.


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One of the world's finest science journalists tells the story of the ten greatest scientific experiments - which in a moment profoundly changed our understanding of the universe.

George Johnson writes regularly about science for The New York Times.He has also written for Scientific American, The Atlantic, Time, Slate, and Wired, and his work has been included in The Best American Science Writing. He has received awards from PEN and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his books were twice finalists for the Rhone-Poulenc Prize. His online show, Science Saturday, appears on He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

General Fields

  • : 9780099464587
  • : Penguin Random House
  • : Vintage
  • : 0.206
  • : May 2009
  • : 199mm X 131mm X 16mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : George Johnson
  • : Paperback
  • : 7-Sep
  • : English
  • : 507.8
  • : 208