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Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    sticking pendulum

    Plodding, padded, and repetitious. It's a tough job to fold any science at all into a pop narrative, but I thought this book to be so awkward that I looked to see if it was a translation. Seemingly, there is very little material on Foucault himself, so the book consists of background and tangential stuff that tends to repeat, and has the feel of entries in a juvenile encyclopedia. The science - all of it - is either missing or not meaningfully interpreted for lay readers. The major theme, of rejection by the establishment, isn't particularly supported by the (few) quotations, so it seems weak as well. It's a shame, since the pendulum is such an accessible and dramatic demonstration.

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