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Defining Moments in Science: Over a Century of the Greatest Scientists, Discoveries, Inventions and Events That Rocked the Scientific World [Paperback]

Andrew Impey , Mark Steer , Hayley Birch
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11 Sep 2008
We've come a long way from guesses at the Earth's shape (flat) and it's place in the Universe (dead centre). Thanks to ideas of pure genius and accidental realisations, we now see the world completely differently, able to do more and go further. Follow the "Little Black Book: Science" as it highlights the key moments in a century that has seen more progress than any other. Written with flair and insight, it covers widely familiar inventions, great scientific thinkers such as Einstein and Stephen Hawkings, ground-breaking discoveries and mind-boggling theorems that altered the way we see the world, and the less well-known moments that provided the foundations for later discoveries. With all the key moments placed in their social, historical and scientific contexts, the book brings the complexities and secrets of the Universe, the world and everything in them to within your grasp.

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  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Cassell Illustrated (11 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844035891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521777797
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 655,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Null Hypothesis, the Journal of Unlikely Science is an online science magazine that attracts the science-loving general public as well as science specialists. The team have secured a column with the Daily Telegraph and a regular slot on BBC Radio Bristol. They make regular contributions to BBC Radio Five. They publish articles online on a broad spectrum of scientific topics, gained over 900 subscribers to its weekly newsletter and begun to produce a monthly podcast, The Unlikely Science Podcast. Dr Andrew Impey and Dr Mark Steer have worked as lecturers at the Universities of Bristol and the West of England, in Conservation and Ecology, and Conservation and Statistics. Mark received a British Association for the Advancement of Science (BA) media fellowship and has written science articles for BBC Wildlife Magazine and the Sunday Telegraph. Hayley Birch is a biology graduate and freelance science writer and recipient of a Wellcome Trust funded Association of British Science Writers bursary for postgraduate science communication studies at UWE. Hayley has also written articles for Nature, BBC Focus magazine and The Naked Scientists.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting read 16 Sep 2008
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I really like this book - it is full of interesting facts which you can use to amaze/bore your friends. The writers have made a real effort to make the contents accessible to those without a scientific background.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science for everyone 2 Dec 2008
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There are no superlatives to describe this not-so-little genius of a book. It brings science out of the laboratories and into the public domain. Engaging and entertaining; it manages to succeed where other predacessors in the realm of popular science books have not. This is truly an accessible, informative and highly readable book: a must for any bookshelf!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great purchase 2 Jun 2013
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It's like having the greatest science discoveries and breakthroughs in a 'box'. A nice-to-have book, which would come useful to refer to any time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok for a coffee table 1 Jun 2010
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I was disappointed with the format; I was hoping for a narrated story of modern science, but it is more of a light collection of disparate articles in chronological order.
Fine for a scientists coffee table though!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun for Science Junkies 22 July 2009
By Miriam Knight - Published on Amazon.com
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This beautifully designed new release is absolute mind candy for science and trivia junkies. Its 800 pages cover "over a century of the greatest discoveries, experiments, inventions, people, publications and events that rocked the world." The interpretation of some of the events may be open to question, as for example the entry on Fluoridation that concludes with, "...a prime example of how preventive medicine can stop disease before it has even started." However that is a small annoyance compared to the pleasure of dipping into delicious factoids like the origin of the term the "Butterfly Effect" (coined by Edward Lorenz in 1963 using chaos mathematics to predict the weather over a long time scale), or that Max Planck announced his Quantum Theory of physics in a paper presented to the German Physical Society in 1900! The archive photographs are a delightful bonus.
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought this for my wife. 6 Jun 2013
By W. Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought this as a gift for my wife who's a retired High School physics teacher and I think she's going to love it. My son and daughter in law recommended it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 14 July 2011
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book, I can't get enough of it! This would be a great gift for someone who loves science or is curious and just wants to learn some basics.
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