Cranks, Quarks and the Cosmos

Cranks, Quarks and the Cosmos : Writings on Science

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Asking "How can we be sure that Albert Einstein was not a crank?", this book looks at the history of science from a general perspective. It includes an autobiographical account of how the author became science writer for the "New Yorker", and a series of profiles of famous scientists from Einstein, Neils Bohr and Alan Turing to Primo Levi, Edwin Land and Sophia Kovalevsky.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 120 x 190mm | 199g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192880438
  • 9780192880437

Table of contents

Introduction - the scientific profile; how can we be sure that Albert Einstein was not a crank?'; Ernst Mach and the quarks; Niels Bohr's times; feet of clay; three degrees above zero; cosmology; a portrait of Alan Turing; I am a camera; Einstein when young; the merely personal; the chemistry of Primo Levi; a child's garden of science; having fun with Tom Lehrer; a woman's place; who was Christy Mathewson?; science education for the non-scientist; epilogue - some things I did not write.
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