Galileo and the Dolphins: Amazing but True Stories from Science

Galileo and the Dolphins: Amazing but True Stories from Science

by Adrian Berry

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Galileo and the Dolphins: Amazing but True Stories from Science by Adrian Berry

What did the persecution of Galileo have to do with dolphins? Which famous astronomer was accused of piracy? Who made a car with an engine the size of a grain of rice? Feats of scientific discovery and achievement often include surprising twists, obscure connections, or ridiculous consequences. In Galileo and the Dolphins, you’ll encounter true but amazing stories connected to advances in astronomy, botany, medicine, meteorology, and many other fields.

From prehistoric “killer trees” to contemporary computer imaging, from the depths of the ocean floor to the furthest reaches of outer space, Adrian Berry combs through regions, topics, and time periods to uncover the hard facts intertwined with superstition, intrigue, deceit, and sometimes murder (including the surprising phenomenon responsible for killing half the human race). His combination of wit and skepticism helps further our understanding and enjoyment of the scientific adventure; his quirky inquiries into the inexplicable unearth such questions as: When the earliest humans looked up into the African skies three million years ago, did they see the same sun that we do? Could a volcano have been responsible for the French Revolution? Is it possible to harness the energy of black holes? He also offers a section of brain-teasing quizzes that test your own scientific knowledge.

Quoting everyone from Nostradamus to Al Gore, Galileo and the Dolphins assembles an extraordinary cast of scientists, bureaucrats, charlatans, true-believers, and cynics to support, debunk, or speculate on the mysteries of the universe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760791202
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 03/29/2007
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Adrian Berry was a scientific correspondent of the Daily Telegraph (London) from 1977 to 1997 and is now its Consulting Editor (Science). Among his other books are Giant Leap: Mankind Heads for the Stars and The Next Ten Thousand Years: A Vision of Man’s Future in the Universe. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Geographical Society, and the British Interplanetary Society.

Table of Contents

Partial table of contents:
IN SEARCH OF THE PAST.
A Divine Scam.
A Monster that Liked Treasure.
Chimps Like Us.
Volcanoes and Revolutions.
Egypt's White City.
THE WAY WE LIVE NOW.
Fatal Doses.
Tentacles from the Sea.
Rushing for Emeralds.
Nonsense on the Screen.
Death of a Life Science.
TOOLS FOR THE NEXT MILLENNIUM.
Spare Parts for All.
A Car the Size of a Rice Grain.
Heavenly Computers.
The Devil's Digits.
EDGES OF THE INFINITE.
A Sea of Universes.
Coldest of the Cold.
The Great Comets.
The Biggest Blasts.
The Tunnel of Time.
STRANGE BELIEFS.
The Paranormal is all Peter Pan.
The Hot Air of Albert Gore.
Bow Down to the Cosmic Lords.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE.
Quiz No.
1.
Quiz No.
2.
Quiz No.
3.
Answers to Quizzes.
Index.

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