Galileo's Commandment: 2,500 Years of Great Science Writing

Paperback (Print)
Rent
Rent from BN.com
$8.37
(Save 67%)
Est. Return Date: 09/10/2014
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $4.15
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 83%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (15) from $4.15   
  • New (8) from $7.60   
  • Used (7) from $4.15   

Overview

Bolles has scoured the literature of science to build a treasury that is accessible and riveting, and therefore appealing to readers unfamiliar with science, yet erudite enough for the scientifically initiated to enjoy.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"An invaluable resource."-Christian Science Monito
School Library Journal
YAScience is a way of thinking as much as it is a body of knowledge. Bolles provides potent evidence of great thinking as he chronicles the cumulative process of doing science in this sampler of excellent historical and contemporary writings. This book is not so much about the current understanding of scientific principles (although there is certainly ample material included) but rather the thought and reflections of individuals who have struggled throughout human history to tease out, bit by bit, the fundamental linkages of our world and universe. It is the author's contention that "science writing can be great writing in the same sense as other genres" and this book proves his point. The selected writings include pieces by Herodotus, Galileo, Kepler, Voltaire, Piaget, Newton, and Darwin, as well as by Asimov, Gould, Sagan, and Feynman. Because of the underlining order to the sequence of selections, the book can be read all the way through as an "accessible and appealing" journey through the history of science. It can also be read randomly without losing an appreciation of the writing. Great primary-source material for students researching specific scientists.Dennis McFaden, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805073492
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,268,046
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Blair Bolles is a writer living in New York City.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One

The Scientific Imagination Examined

Chapter One

"Every Real Problem Can and Will Be Solved"

Isaac Asimov: Death in the Laboratory (1965)

Arthur S. Eddington: The Story of Algol (1927)

Ernst Mach: A New Sense (1897)

John B. Watson: The New Science of Animal Behavior (1909)

Chapter Two

"Language of the Sort That Would Have Attracted Gilbert and Sullivan"

Karl Popper: Heroic Science (1974)

John McPhee: Naming the Rocks (1981)

Herbert Butterfield: Chemistry Transformed (1949)

Jean Piaget: Learning to See Through Another's Jean Piaget: Learning to See Through Another's Eyes (1928)

Chapter Three

"The Actual Limits of What Is Known"

Stephen Jay Gould: The Misuse of Darwin (1981)

Noam Chomsky: The Case Against B. F. Skinner (1971)

Francis Bacon: Idols of the Tribe (1620)

Part Two

The Scientific Imagination in Action

Chapter Four

"Brought Near to That Great Fact—That Mystery of Mysteries"

Galileo Galilei: First Look Through a Telescope (1610)

Leonardo da Vinci: Seashells in the Mountains (1480-1515)

Charles Darwin: Birds of the Galapagos (1839)

George B. Schaller: Mating Seasons (1980)

p0Chapter Five

"But What Are They?"

Herodotus: The Creation of Egypt (444 B.C.)

Horace Bénédict de Saussure: The Movement of Glaciers (1796)

James Clerk Maxwell: Molecules (1873)

Robert Kennedy Duncan: Radio-Activity: A New Property of Matter (1902)

I. P. Pavlov: The Atoms of Activity (1924)

Annie J. Cannon: Classifying the Stars (1926)

Chapter Six

"The Demonstration That Cost So Much Effort"

Galileo Galilei: Where Is the Center of the Universe? (1632)

Robert Boyle: Doubting the Four Elements (1661)

Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke: Dispute on the Nature of Light (1672)

Marie Curie: Obtaining Radium (1923)

Alfred Wegener: Jigsaw Continents (1929)

Ernest Rutherford: The Transmutation of the Atom (1933)

James Watson: The Double Bases (1968)

Carl Sagan: Has the Earth Already Been Visited? (1973)

Walter Sullivan: Looking for the Drift (1974)

George Smoot: Looking for the Big Bang (1994)

Chapter Seven

"Those Who Would Judge the Book Must Read It"

Johannes Kepler: I Admit the Moon Has Seas (1610)

Voltaire: The Importance of Isaac Newton (1733)

Thomas H. Huxley: The Darwinian Hypothesis (1859)

William Bateson: Galton's Genetics (1909)

Edmund Blair Bolles: Gestalt Psychology (1991)

Bertrand Russell: What Einstein Did (1925)

J. Robert Oppenheimer: A Science in Change (1953)

Chapter Eight

"Somehow the Wave Had to Exist"

Sir James Jeans: The End of the Universe (1929)

Frederic C. Bartlett: Imagery in Though (1932)

Gordon W. Allport: The Mature Personality (1937)

Fred Hoyle: The Expanding Universe (1950)

Loren C. Eiseley: Little Men and Flying Saucers (1953)

Werner Heisenberg: Atomic Physics and Causal Law (1958)

Richard Feynman: The Distinction of Past and Future (1965)

Edward Harrison: The Golden Walls of Edgar Allan Poe (1987)

Fred Alan Wolf: Waves Without a Breeze (1986)

Heinz R. Pagels: Making the Observer Count (1982)

Paul Davies: Schrödinger's Cats and Wigner's Friends (1980)

Chapter Nine

"Every Intellect Which Strives After Generalization Must Feel the Temptation"

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier: Preface to The Elements of Chemistry (1789)

Alfred Wallace: On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely from the Original Type (1859)

Hermann von Helmholtz: The Conservation of Energy (1863)

Albert Einstein: Two Theories of Relatively (1916)

Part Three

Style in the Scientific Imagination

Chapter Ten

"It Is in Some Fashion a History"

Galileo Galilei: The Speed of Falling Bodies (1638)

Lucretius: The Persistence of Atoms (60 B.C.)

J. B. S. Haldane: Food Control in Insect Societies (1928)

Julian Huxley: Animals Courting (1943)

Rachel Carson: The Long Snowfall (1951)

Louise B. Young: How Ice Changed the World (1983)

Richard Preston: Dark Time (1987)

Primo Levi: Carbon (1975)

Acknowledgments

Name Index

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)