Leaps in the Dark: The making of scientific reputations: The making of scientific reputations

Leaps in the Dark: The making of scientific reputations: The making of scientific reputations

by John Waller
     
 

In Leaps in the Dark, John Waller presents another collection of revelations from the world of science. He considers experiments in which scientists' perceptions were not perhaps as keen as they might have claimed in retrospect; he investigates the jealousy and opposition that scientific ideas can provoke; he celebrates the scientists who were wrong, but for very good…  See more details below

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In Leaps in the Dark, John Waller presents another collection of revelations from the world of science. He considers experiments in which scientists' perceptions were not perhaps as keen as they might have claimed in retrospect; he investigates the jealousy and opposition that scientific ideas can provoke; he celebrates the scientists who were wrong, but for very good reasons; and he demonstrates how national interest can affect scientists and their theories. The result is
an entertaining and highly readable re-examination of scientific discoveries and reputations from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. - ;In Leaps in the Dark, John Waller presents another collection of revelations from the world of science. He considers experiments in which the scientists' awareness was not perhaps as keen as they might have claimed in retrospect; he investigates the jealousy and opposition that scientific ideas can provoke; he celebrates the scientists who were wrong, but for very good reasons; and he demonstrates how national interest can affect scientists and their theories. The result is
an entertaining and highly readable re-examination of scientific discoveries and reputations from the Renaissance to the twentieth century.

The tales in Leaps in the Dark range across a wide historical field, from a seventeenth-century witch-finder, Joseph Glanvill, to Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the self-proclaimed 'Father of radar'. Each story underscores the rich, fascinating complexity of scientific discovery. Writing in a clear and engaging style, and skilfully weaving history in with the science, John Waller brings these scientists to life, illustrating how their work and their discoveries influenced their careers and
the wider world around them. - ;Leaps in the Dark is a good read, and ought to generate much healthy debate. - Nature

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191513022
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2004
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

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