The Prism and the Pendulum

The Prism and the Pendulum

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science

Book - 2003
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Publisher: New York : Random House, c2003
ISBN: 9781400061310
Branch Call Number: 509 Cre
Characteristics: xxiii, 244 p. : ill


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Feb 14, 2015

This is an excellent book for anyone interested in science. It does indeed choose 10 among the most elemental and defiinitive experiments, and discusses the application of the notion of beauty to each intelligently. Its weakness is that experimentalists deliberately eschew bonding to their results as a matter of sad experience; we were and are far more critical of Millikan than Crease is. It's theoreticians, mathematics-centered people, who validly search for beauty explicitly. The book ignores that huge separation in motivation at its cost, because most people consider both to be scientists.

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