Quirky Sides of Scientists

True Tales of Ingenuity and Error From Physics and Astronomy

  • David R. Topper

About this book


These historical narratives of scientific behavior reveal the often irrational way scientists arrive at and assess their theories. There are stories of Einstein’s stubbornness leading him to reject a correct interpretation of an experiment and miss an important deduction from his own theory, and Newton missing the important deduction from one of his most celebrated discoveries. Copernicus and Galileo are found surpressing information. A theme running throughout the book is the notion that what is obvious today was not so in the past. Scientists seen in their historical context shatter myths and show them to be less modern than we often like to think of them.


Albert Einstein Astronomy history Experiment Galileo Galilei Isaac Newton Nicolaus Copernicus Physics history Science history Science methodology Scientific Revolution astronomy

Authors and affiliations

  • David R. Topper
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of WinnipegWinnipegCanada R3B2E9

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-71018-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-71019-8
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