Leaps in the DarkBook - 2004
In Leaps in the Dark, John Waller presents another collection of revelations from the world of science. He considers experiments in which the scientists' awareness was not perhaps as keen as they might have claimed in retrospect; investigates the jealousy and opposition that scientific ideascan provoke; celebrates the scientists who were wrong, but for very good reasons; and discovers how national interest can affect scientists and their theories. The result is an entertaining and highly readable re-examination of scientific discoveries and reputations from the Renaissance to thetwentieth century. The tales in Leaps in the Dark underscore the rich, fascinating complexity of scientific discovery. Writing in a clear and engaging style, and skilfully weaving history in with the science, John Waller brings these scientists to life, illustrating how their work and their discoveries influencedtheir careers and the wider world around them.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004
Branch Call Number: Q180.55.D57 W353 2004
Characteristics: xii, 292 p. : ill. ; 23 cm