The Mad Science Book: 100 Amazing Experiments from the History of Science

The Mad Science Book: 100 Amazing Experiments from the History of Science




What happens when a human child is adopted by a family of apes? Does a dog think that a robot dog belongs to the same species? If three men meet who all think they are Jesus, how do they decide who is right?

These questions and a myriad others are answered in The Mad Science Book. Here you will find blinking corpses, flying sheep and fanatical theology students, not to mention wandering pubic hair and a two-headed dog. Find out how cats always manage to land on their feet, and what strategies waiters use to get bigger tips.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435114210
Publisher: Sterling
Publication date: 03/03/2009
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Born in 1963, Reto U. Schneider is the deputy editor of the magazine NZZ Folio in Zürich, Switzerland. An award-winning science journalist, he is a graduate of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich, with a degree in electrical engineering. He was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, and author of Planetenjäger [Planet Hunter], the story of the discovery of the first planet found outside the solar system.

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The Mad Science Book: 100 Amazing Experiments from the History of Science 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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flatboat More than 1 year ago
This is not a superficial collection of wild experiments. This book concisely covers the background of each experiment; human frailty, foibles and also insight brought into these experiments; and finally the conclusions taken away. Each one can be treasured, be it for brilliance in planning or execution, or outlandish absurdity, or a combination of the two. It is enjoyable to read, and I feel empowered to be more thoughtful in the experiments I get to do in my job. I have a related quote that may be relevant: A theory is something nobody believes, except the person who made it. An experiment is something everybody believes, except the person who made it. - Albert Einstein Although not all the experimenters in the book were as thoughtful as Einstein! But read it! I read a few pages at the store and had to bring it home.