They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge

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From Dr. Frankenstein to Dr. Jekyll, the image of the mad scientist surrounded by glass vials, copper coils, and electrical apparatuses remains a popular fixture. In films and fiction, he's comically misguided, tragically misunderstood, or pathologically evil. But the origins of this stereotype can be found in the sometimes eccentric real-life men and women who challenged orthodoxy; made waves-and broke new scientific frontiers.

They Called Me Mad recounts the amazing true ...

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They Called Me Mad: Genius, Madness, and the Scientists Who Pushed the Outer Limits of Knowledge

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Overview

From Dr. Frankenstein to Dr. Jekyll, the image of the mad scientist surrounded by glass vials, copper coils, and electrical apparatuses remains a popular fixture. In films and fiction, he's comically misguided, tragically misunderstood, or pathologically evil. But the origins of this stereotype can be found in the sometimes eccentric real-life men and women who challenged orthodoxy; made waves-and broke new scientific frontiers.

They Called Me Mad recounts the amazing true stories of Archimedes, the calculator of pi and creator of the world's first death ray; Isaac Newton, the first great scientist and the last great alchemist; John Hunter, who used his connections with London grave robbers to become England's greatest surgeon; Nikola Tesla, who built the precursors of robots, fluorescent lighting, and particle beam weapons before the turn of the twentieth century; Marie Curie, the mother of radioactivity; Albert Einstein, who unified the universe and became the popular model for the mad scientist-and many more geniuses who continue to fascinate and inspire.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425236963
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/7/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,448,525
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John Monahan is a science teacher in Baltimore and a member of the National Science Teachers Association.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Real Scientists Behind the Mad Scientist 1

1 Eureka! The Mad Scientist Is Born 5

2 Sulfur and Brimstone: The Alchemist's Dream 26

3 Transmutation: From Alchemy to Chemistry 64

4 The Bloody Path: From Grave Robbing to Modem Surgery 104

5 Electrical Spectacles and the Spark of Genius 143

6 Atomic Secrets: Unleashing the Power of Physics 177

7 Bombs and Rockets: Mad Science Goes to War 233

Bibliography 291

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