Obsessive Genius The Inner World of Marie Curie Great Discoveries

Author: Barbara Goldsmith
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393079760
Release Date: 2011-05-16
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The bestselling, "excellent…poignant—and scientifically lucid—portrait" (New York Times Book Review) of the remarkable Marie Curie. Through family interviews, diaries, letters, and workbooks that had been sealed for over sixty years, Barbara Goldsmith reveals the Marie Curie behind the myth—an all-too-human woman struggling to balance a spectacular scientific career, a demanding family, the prejudice of society, and her own passionate nature. Obsessive Genius is a dazzling portrait of Curie, her amazing scientific success, and the price she paid for fame.

Science Secrets

Author: Alberto A. Martinez
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 9780822980179
Release Date: 2011-05-29
Genre: Science

Was Darwin really inspired by Galápagos 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. Martínez 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.

The Earth Moves Galileo and the Roman Inquisition

Author: Dan Hofstadter
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393071313
Release Date: 2010-05-10
Genre: Science

A cogent portrayal of a turning point in the evolution of the freedom of thought and the beginnings of modern science. Celebrated, controversial, condemned, Galileo Galilei is a seminal figure in the history of science. Both Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein credit him as the first modern scientist. His 1633 trial before the Holy Office of the Inquisition is the prime drama in the history of the conflict between science and religion. Galileo was then sixty-nine years old and the most venerated scientist in Italy. Although subscribing to an anti-literalist view of the Bible, as per Saint Augustine, Galileo considered himself a believing Catholic. Playing to his own strengths—a deep knowledge of Italy, a longstanding interest in Renaissance and Baroque lore—Dan Hofstadter explains this apparent paradox and limns this historic moment in the widest cultural context, portraying Galileo as both humanist and scientist, deeply versed in philosophy and poetry, on easy terms with musicians, writers, and painters.

Die Ordnung der Dinge

Author: Sam Kean
Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
ISBN: 9783455850031
Release Date: 2011-03-09
Genre: Psychology

Woraus besteht die Welt, woraus Mikroben, Meere, der Mensch? Kean gelingt etwas Schönes: Man kapiert’s auch ohne dröge Formeln. Das Hauptgebäude der modernen Chemie, das Periodensystem der Elemente, sieht langweilig aus, doch in ihm verbergen sich spannende Geschichten über Alchimisten, Entdecker und Goldgräber, Medizinalräte und Quacksalber, Kriegsstrategen, Spione, Geschäftemacher und Spinner. So macht Naturwissenschaft Spaß! Das periodische System der Elemente ist nicht nur eine große wissenschaftliche Leistung, sondern auch eine Schatzkiste voller skurriler Episoden, die von Leidenschaft, Abenteuern, Betrug und Besessenheit handeln. Während Kean die Grundbausteine des Universums und die Ordnung, die sie schaffen, erklärt, erzählt er zugleich, welche Rolle sie vom Urknall bis heute gespielt haben. Wie etwa Gerhard Domagk das Leben seiner Tochter riskierte, um die ersten Antibiotika zu entwickeln. Wie Portugal sowohl den Nazis als auch den Alliierten zu astronomischen Preisen Wolfram lieferte, weil beide Seiten es dringend für den Krieg brauchten.

Georg Cantor

Author: David Foster Wallace
Publisher:
ISBN: 3492048269
Release Date: 2007
Genre:


Marie Curie and Her Daughters

Author: Shelley Emling
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781137102614
Release Date: 2012-08-21
Genre: Science

A new portrait of the two-time Nobel winner and her two daughters Focusing on the first family in science, this biography of Marie Curie plumbs the recesses of her relationships with her two daughters, extraordinary in their own right, and presents the legendary scientist to us in a fresh way. Although the common image is that of a shy introvert toiling away in her laboratory, highly praised science writer Shelley Emling shows how Marie Curie was nothing short of an iconoclast. Her affair with a younger and married man drew the enmity of a xenophobic French establishment, who denied her entry to the Academy of Sciences and tried to expel her from France. But she was determined to live life how she saw fit, and passed on her resilience to her daughters. Emling draws on personal letters released by Curie's only granddaughter to show how Marie influenced her daughters yet let them blaze their own paths. Irene followed her mother's footsteps into science and was instrumental in the discovery of nuclear fission. Eve traveled the world as a foreign correspondent and then moved on to humanitarian missions. Emling also shows how Curie, following World War I, turned to America for help. Few people know about Curie's close friendship with American journalist Missy Meloney, who arranged speaking tours across the country for Marie and Eve and Irene. Months on the road, charming audiences both large and small, endeared the Curies to American women and established a lifelong relationship with the United States that formed one of the strongest connections of Marie's life. Without the financial support of American women, Marie might not have been able to go on with her research. Continuing the family story into the third generation, Emling also interviews Marie Curie's granddaughter Helene Joliot-Curie, who is an accomplished physicist in her own right. She reveals why her grandmother was a lot more than just a scientist and how Marie's trips to America forever changed her. Factually rich, personal and original, this is an engrossing story about the most famous woman in science that rips the cover off the myth and reveals the real person, friend, and mother behind it.

The Real Story

Author: Sarah Statz Cords
Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated
ISBN: 1591582830
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines

Explores the genres and sub-genres of nonfiction and provides an annotated bibliography of more than five hundred popular nonfiction titles, organized according to genre with a focus on titles published in the last decade.

Kurt G del

Author: Rebecca Goldstein
Publisher:
ISBN: 3492249604
Release Date: 2007
Genre:


Europe Central

Author: William T. Vollmann
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518731789
Release Date: 2013-04-15
Genre: Fiction

William T. Vollmann, der in einer Reihe mit Thomas Pynchon und David Foster Wallace steht, hat mit Europe Central ein Krieg und Frieden für das 21. Jahrhundert geschrieben – ein Epos in Übergröße, in 37 Kapiteln von fiktiven und realen Personen, Künstlern wie Käthe Kollwitz und Dimitri Schostakowitsch oder Militärs wie General Wlassow und Friedrich Paulus, dem Verlierer von Stalingrad. Ihre Lebensgeschichten beschwören aufs Neue die Geschichte des Zweiten Weltkriegs auf sowjetischer und deutscher Seite herauf. Aber im Zentrum des Romans steht eine Liebe: die bedingungslose Liebe von Schostakowitsch zu Elena Konstantinowskaja. Schieben wir zur Seite, was wir über Geschichte wissen, und lassen wir uns ein auf dieses wagemutige, gewaltige, faszinierende, tiefgreifende und umfassende Werk: Europe Central. »Ein ›Krieg und Frieden‹ des 20. Jahrhunderts, mit dem sich Vollmann endgültig seinen Rang in der Weltliteratur gesichert hat.« Welt am Sonntag

Schicksal Zeit und Sprache

Author: David Foster Wallace
Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag
ISBN: 9783518789506
Release Date: 2012-11-12
Genre: Philosophy

Können wir die Zukunft durch unser Handeln beeinflussen? Oder ist sie von Gott, vom Schicksal oder von Naturgesetzen vorherbestimmt? Diese Frage beschäftigt Philosophen seit der Antike. 1985 nahm sich ein Student vor, sie ein für allemal zu lösen – David Foster Wallace. Er jongliert souverän mit modallogischen Formeln und Diagrammen und führt exzentrische Beispiele ins Feld, die direkt seinen Erzählungen entsprungen sein könnten: Terroristen, Stabhochspringer, Tennisspieler ohne Schläger. Neben dem posthum erschienenen Aufsatz enthält der Band eine biografische Skizze über Foster Wallace’ Studentenzeit und eine kurze Einführung in die Modallogik.