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Scientific Discovery from the Brilliant to the Bizarre: The Doctor Who Weighed the Soul, and Other True Tales

 
 
Author
Len Fisher.
Publisher Arcade  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781611457421
Pages/Publication Date 248/2013
Daedalus Item Code 52150
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Winner of the IgNobel Prize in physics and author of How to Dunk a Doughnut, Len Fisher shows how science can take a path through the strange and the ridiculous to discover that nature often simply does not follow common sense. For example, the experiment that inspired the original title of this book (Weighing the Soul: Scientific Discovery from the Brilliant to the Bizarre)—involving a bed, a platform scale, and a dying man—seemed to prove that the soul weighs the same as a slice of bread. Using humorous personal stories and everyday examples to make science accessible, Fisher also touches on such topics as lightning, corsets, alchemy, and Frankenstein.

"Fisher shows how good ideas can be lost through jealousy and indifference and how personality, persistence, and persuasion can lead to success or failure.... Effective."—Seattle Times

 
 
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