Eureka!: 50 Scientists Who Shaped Human History

Eureka!: 50 Scientists Who Shaped Human History

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Overview

Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Darwin, Hawking — we know the names, but how much do we really know about these people? Galileo gained notoriety over his battle with the Vatican, but did you know that this “father of modern science” was also an accomplished lute player? And Darwin of course discovered the principle by which new species are formed, but his bold curiosity extended to the dinner table as well. (And how many people can say they’ve eaten an owl!) From lutes and owls to astronomy and evolution, Eureka! explains how these scientific geniuses have shaped our understanding – and how they spent their free time as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781520031545
Publisher: Dreamscape Media
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 5.04(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

John Grant is author of about seventy books, including the highly successful Discarded Science, Corrupted Science, and Denying Science. For a number of years he ran the world-famous fantasy artbook publisher Paper Tiger. He has won the Hugo Award (twice), the World Fantasy Award, and various other international literary awards.

Mark Meadows has narrated well over 100 audiobook titles, including the 2013 Booker Prize winner The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton. Mark also provided the voice of the ships computer in Ridley Scott's Prometheus. He has extensive theatre, film and TV credits and is a frequent contributor to plays, musicals, narrations and readings for BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4.

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

Pythagoras of Samos (ca. 570-ca. 495 BCE?) 9

Hippocrates (ca. 460-ca. 370 BCE) 13

Euclid of Alexandria (ca. 325-ca. 270 BCE) 17

Archimedes of Syracuse (ca. 287-212 BCE) 20

Ptolemy (Claudius Ptolemaeus) (ca. 90-ca. 168) 24

Hypatia of Alexandria (ca. 355-415) 28

Alhazen (Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham) (ca. 965-ca. 1040) 32

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) 35

Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) 39

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) 43

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) 47

Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) 53

William Harvey (1578-1657) 60

Isaac Newton (1642-1727) 63

Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) 73

Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749) 77

Carolus Linnaeus (1707-1778) 80

Mikhail Lomonosov (1711-1765) 83

James Hutton (1726-1797) 86

James Watt (1736-1819) 89

Antoine Lavoisier (1743-1794) 92

Edward Jenner (1749-1823) 97

John Dalton (1766-1844) 99

William Smith (1769-1839) 103

Michael Faraday (1791-1867) 106

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) 110

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) 119

Ignaz Semmelweis (1818-1865) 122

Gregor Mendel (1822-1884) 125

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) 129

Bernhard Riemann (1826-1866) 135

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) 138

Marie Curie (1867-1934) 143

Lise Meitner (1878-1968) 148

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) 152

Alfred Wegener (1880-1930) 163

Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) 166

Edwin Hubble (1889-1953) 170

Howard Florey (1898-1968) 173

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (1900-1979) 176

Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976) 179

Rachel Carson (1907-1964) 184

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (1910-1995) 187

Alan Turing (1912-1954) 190

Jonas Salk (1914-1995) 194

James Lovelock (b. 1919) 198

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) 201

Stephen Hawking (b. 1942) 204

Jocelyn Bell Burnell (b. 1943) 211

James Hansen (b. 1941) 214

Index of Names 218

Acknowledgments / About the Author 224

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