Scientific Feuds: From Galileo to the Human Genome Project

Scientific Feuds: From Galileo to the Human Genome Project

by Joel Levy

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Overview

Most science chronicles present a triumphant march through time, with revolutionary thinkers and their discoveries following in orderly progression. The truth, however, is somewhat different. Scientific Feuds is a collection of the most vicious battles among the greatest minds of our time. It features such contests as Huxley and Wilberforce's debate on Darwin's theory of evolution, Franklin and Wilkins' fight over the discovery of DNA, and the “War of Currents” between Tesla and Edison (which ended with Edison electrocuting dogs and horses in a vain attempt to discredit Tesla's work). From passionate competition to vindictive sniping, these rivalries prove that the world of science is far from cold and methodical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847737175
Publisher: New Holland Publishers, Limited UK
Publication date: 10/05/2010
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,111,182
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 10.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joel Levy is a science writer and journalist with a special interest in psychology. His writing explores both mainstream and fringe psychology, from cognitive boosting to anomalous experiences. After taking degrees in molecular biology and psychology at Warwick and Edinburgh universities, he has gone on to write several books.

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