Great Feuds in Science: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

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The dramatic stories of ten historic feuds: How they altered the course of discovery-and shaped the modern world
Hall Hellman tells the lively stories of ten of the most outrageous and intriguing disputes from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Bringing the cataclysmic clash of ideas and personalities to colorful life, Hellman explores both the science and the spirit of the times. Along the way, he reveals that scientific feuds are fueled not only by the purest of ...

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Overview

The dramatic stories of ten historic feuds: How they altered the course of discovery-and shaped the modern world
Hall Hellman tells the lively stories of ten of the most outrageous and intriguing disputes from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Bringing the cataclysmic clash of ideas and personalities to colorful life, Hellman explores both the science and the spirit of the times. Along the way, he reveals that scientific feuds are fueled not only by the purest of intellectual disagreements, but also by intransigence, ambition, jealousy, politics, faith, and the irresistible human urge to be right.
Unusual insight into the development of science . . . I was excited by this book and enthusiastically recommend it to general as well as scientific audiences. -American Scientist
Hellman has assembled a series of entertaining tales. . . . many fine examples of heady invective without parallel in our time. -Nature
An entertaining and informative account of the unusual personalities and sometimes bitter rivalries of some of the world's greatest scientific minds. -Publishers Weekly
A fascinating new book which details some of the most famous disputes of the ages.-Courier Mail
Dry science history turns into entertaining reading without sacrificing historical accuracy. -The Christchurch Press
Great Feuds in Science is wonderful history, as the reader learns how scientists had to fight with religious leaders and other scientists to get their work recognized, accepted, and even get the credit for it! -Bookviews

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* In his book, Hellman "reveals just how human scientists can be."—San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune
In his book, Hellman "reveals just how human scientists can be." --San Diego Union-Tribune
Library Journal
Ranging from Galileo vs. Pope Urban VIII to Derek Freeman vs. Margaret Mead, this compilation of great scientific feuds covers an interesting variety of personalities as well as subject matter. Proceeding in chronological order, chapter by chapter, science writer Hellman aims to show the human side of scientists, including all their petty frailties. Some of the feuds were more constructive than others; some seemed to center on personality clashes; collectively, they demonstrate that over the centuries science has shown little ability to acknowledge changing interpretations or newly calculated data without falling into conflict. Hellman certainly raises some questions on style in science, but it would have been even more worthwhile if he had tried to derive some theme from these confrontations instead of simply demonstrating that scientists can be just as human as the rest of us. For larger popular science collections.--Hilary Burton, Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore, CA
Booknews
A popular science treatment of such scientific battles as the Pope and Galileo, Liebniz and Newton over the discovery of Calculus, Kelvin and the young geologists over the age of the Earth, and seven others. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471350668
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 994,412
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Hal Hellman is the internationally acclaimed author of 26 popular science books, including the six-book series The World of the Future. He has also written science articles for such publications as the New York Times, Omni, Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, and Geo.

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Table of Contents

Urban VIII versus Galileo: An Unequal Contest.

Wallis versus Hobbes: Squaring the Circle.

Newton versus Leibniz: A Clash of Titans.

Voltaire versus Needham: The Generation Controversy.

Darwin's Bulldog versus Soapy Sam: Evolution Wars.

Lord Kelvin versus Geologists and Biologists: The Age of the Earth.

Cope versus Marsh: The Fossil Feud.

Wegener versus Everybody: Continental Drift.

Johanson versus the Leakeys: The Missing Link.

Derek Freeman versus Margaret Mead: Nature versus Nurture.

Epilogue.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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