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

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

by John Monahan
     
 

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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

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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 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:
12/07/2010
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,315,925
Product dimensions:
4.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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