Science Secrets: The Truth About Darwin's Finches, Einstein's Wife, and Other Myths (Hardcover)

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ITEM#: 13315641

Alberto A. Martinez is associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of Kinematics: The Lost Origins of Einstein's Relativity and Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent.

Was Darwin really inspired by Galapagos finches? Did Einstein’s wife secretly contribute to his theories? Did Franklin fly a kite in a thunderstorm? Did a falling apple lead Newton to universal gravity? Did Galileo drop objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Did Einstein really believe in God?
Science Secrets answers these questions and many others. It is a unique study of how myths evolve in the history of science. Some tales are partly true, others are mostly false, yet all illuminate the tension between the need to fairly describe the past and the natural desire to fill in the blanks.
Energetically narrated, Science Secrets pits famous myths against extensive research from primary sources in order to accurately portray important episodes in the sciences. Alberto A. Martinez analyzes how such myths grow and rescues neglected facts that are more captivating than famous fictions. Moreover, he shows why opinions that were once secret and seemingly impossible are now scientifically compelling. The book includes new findings related to the Copernican revolution, alchemy, Pythagoras, young Einstein, and other events and figures in the history of science.

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ISBN 9780822944072
Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
Format Hardcover
Pages 324
Publisher Date 2011-05-29 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Pittsburgh Pr
Copyright Year 2011
Height 9.75 in
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 1.5 lb
Language English
Subtitle The Truth About Darwin's Finches, Einstein's Wife, and Other Myths
Audience General/trade
Authors Martinez, Alberto A.
Country of Origin United States

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