Great Feuds in Science: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever / Edition 1

Great Feuds in Science: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever / Edition 1

by Hal Hellman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0471350664

ISBN-13: 9780471350668

Pub. Date: 09/28/1999

Publisher: Turner Publishing Company

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

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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 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471350668
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

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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