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Great Feuds in Science : Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever

Great Feuds in Science : Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471350668

Cover of Great Feuds in Science : Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever 98 (ISBN 978-0471350668)
ISBN13: 978-0471350668
ISBN10: 0471350664
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Published: 1998
International: No

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Great Feuds in Science : Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever - 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0471350668

Hal Hellman

ISBN13: 978-0471350668
ISBN10: 0471350664
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 98
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

Some of the biggest breakthroughs in science have caused battles that have raged over decades, even centuries. In Great Feuds in Science, internationally celebrated science writer Hal Hellman tells the fascinating stories of ten of the most heated disputes in the history of science, from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. From Galileo and Kelvin to Leakey and Einstein, Hellman introduces readers to the major players and the times they lived in, explains the scientific principles involved, and shows how such controversies are not only typical, but often necessary to the progress of science.

The dramatic stories of ten historic feuds: How they altered the course of discovery--and shaped the modern world

Hall Hellman tells the lively stories of ten of the most outrageous and intriguing disputes from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Bringing the cataclysmic clash of ideas and personalities to colorful life, Hellman explores both the science and the spirit of the times. Along the way, he reveals that scientific feuds are fueled not only by the purest of intellectual disagreements, but also by intransigence, ambition, jealousy, politics, faith, and the irresistible human urge to be right.

Author Bio

HAL HELLMAN is the internationally acclaimed author of 26 popular science books, including the six-book series The World of the Future. He has also written science articles for such periodicals as the New York Times, Omni, Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, and Geo.

Table of Contents

Urban VIII versus Galileo: An Unequal Contest.
Wallis versus Hobbes: Squaring the Circle.
Newton versus Leibniz: A Clash of Titans.
Voltaire versus Needham: The Generation Controversy.
Darwin's Bulldog versus Soapy Sam: Evolution Wars.
Lord Kelvin versus Geologists and Biologists: The Age of the Earth.
Cope versus Marsh: The Fossil Feud.
Wegener versus Everybody: Continental Drift.
Johanson versus the Leakeys: The Missing Link.
Derek Freeman versus Margaret Mead: Nature versus Nurture.


Epilogue.
Notes.
Bibliography.
Index.

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