Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson

Science writer George Johnson gives the reader a list of what, to his mind, are the ten most beautiful science experiments in history. Johnson's use of the word "beautiful" is a shorthand for the scientist's concept of elegance: simplicity in experimental design and clarity of the analysis that followed. Johnson's prose praises many of science's canonical moments of experimentation. The work of Galileo, Galvani, Faraday, Michelson, Millikan, and others is rendered into concise, illuminating prose. It's a short book. I read it on a flight to Chicago. 

Leatherby Libraries Call Number: 
Q 182.3 .J65 2008 , 3rd Floor, Science and Technology

Review submitted by Doug Dechow, Leatherby Libraries
Rating: Highly Recommended  

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