2007

Quirky Sides of Scientists

True Tales of Ingenuity and Error From Physics and Astronomy

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ISBN: 978-0-387-71018-1 (Print) 978-0-387-71019-8 (Online)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-2

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    Pages 3-14

    Tenacity and Stubbornness: Einstein on Theory and Experiment

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    Pages 15-24

    Convergence or Coincidence: Ancient Measurements of the Sun and Moon—How Far?

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    Pages 25-41

    The Rationality of Simplicity: Copernicus on Planetary Motion

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    Pages 43-66

    The Silence of Scientists: Venus’s Brightness, Earth’s Precession, and the Nebula in Orion

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    Pages 67-83

    Progress Through Error: Stars and Quasars—How Big, How Far?

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    Pages 85-107

    The Data Fit the Model but the Model is Wrong: Kepler and the Structure of the Cosmos

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    Pages 109-121

    Art Illustrates Science: Galileo, a Blemished Moon, and a Parabola of Blood

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    Pages 123-137

    Ensnared in Circles: Galileo and the Law of Projectile Motion

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    Pages 139-153

    Aesthetics and Holism: Newton on Light, Color, and Music

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    Pages 155-172

    Missing One’s Own Discovery Newton and the First Idea of an Artificial Satellite

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    Pages 173-186

    A Change of Mind: Newton and the Comet(s?) of 1680 and 1681

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    Pages 201-202

    A Well-Nigh Discovery: Einstein and the Expanding Universe

  14. Back Matter

    Pages 201-210