Boltzmann's Tomb: Travels in Search of Science

Boltzmann's Tomb: Travels in Search of Science

Bill Green


A choice of the Scientific American e-book club

Recommended by means of MSNBC, Los Angeles Times, & American organization for the development of Science’s SB&F magazine

“This great medical memoir captures the romance and wonder of study in distinct poetic prose that's as wonderful and evocative as something written via Rilke, painted through Seurat, or performed by way of Casals.” —Mary Doria Russell, writer of Doc and The Sparrow

“A radiant love letter to technology from a scientist with a poet’s soul . . . eco-friendly is a wonderful author, and his fierce concentration and mastery of fashion are such as the biologist and essayist Lewis Thomas.” —Kirkus Reviews

In Boltzmann’s Tomb, invoice eco-friendly interweaves the tale of his personal lifelong evolution as a scientist, and his paintings within the Antarctic, with a travelogue that could be a own and common background of technological know-how. Like Richard Holmes’ The Age of Wonder—this booklet serves as a wonderful creation to the nice figures of technological know-how. besides lyrical meditations at the tragic lifetime of Galileo, the wildly eccentric Tycho Brahe, and the visionary Sir Isaac Newton, Green’s ruminations go back all through to the lesser-known determine of Ludwig Boltzmann. utilizing Boltzmann’s theories of randomness and entropy as a bigger metaphor for the unpredictable paths that our lives take, eco-friendly exhibits us that technological know-how, like paintings, is a lived adventure.

invoice Green is a geochemist and professor emeritus at Miami collage in Oxford, Ohio. he's additionally the writer of Water, Ice & Stone: technological know-how and reminiscence at the Antarctic Lakes which bought the yank Museum of typical History’s John Burroughs Award for Nature Writing, was once a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award, and used to be excerpted in The Ends of the Earth: An Anthology of the best Writing at the Arctic and the Antarctic, edited through Elizabeth Kolbert.

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