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Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science / Edition 1

Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science / Edition 1

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by Peter Atkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198609418

ISBN-13: 2900198609413

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Galileo, one of whose fingers is preserved in a vessel displayed in Florence, provided much of the impetus for modern science, pointing the way out of medieval ignorance. In this brilliant account of the central ideas of contemporary science, bestselling author Peter Atkins celebrates the power of the scientific method to reveal the nature of our universe, our world,

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Galileo, one of whose fingers is preserved in a vessel displayed in Florence, provided much of the impetus for modern science, pointing the way out of medieval ignorance. In this brilliant account of the central ideas of contemporary science, bestselling author Peter Atkins celebrates the power of the scientific method to reveal the nature of our universe, our world, and ourselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900198609413
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Emergence of Understanding1
1Evolution: The Emergence of Complexity5
2Dna: The Rationalization of Biology45
3Energy: The Universalization of Accountancy83
4Entropy: The Spring of Change109
5Atoms: The Reduction of Matter135
6Symmetry: The Quantification of Beauty163
7Quanta: The Simplification of Understanding201
8Cosmology: The Globalization of Reality237
9Spacetime: The Arena of Action275
10Arithmetic: The Limits of Reason315
Epilogue: The Future of Understanding357
Further reading365
Acknowledgements369
Index371

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Galileo's Finger: The Ten Great Ideas of Science 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book. However, Mr Atkins narrative is sometimes full of arrogance.