The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science

The Prism and the Pendulum: The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments in Science

Robert P. Crease


Is technology appealing? certain, argues acclaimed thinker and historian of technology Robert P. Crease during this attractive exploration of history’s most pretty experiments. the result's an engrossing trip via approximately 2,500 years of clinical innovation. alongside the way in which, we stumble upon glimpses into the personalities and inventive considering a few of the field’s finest figures.

We see the 1st size of the earth’s circumference, complete within the 3rd century B.C. via Eratosthenes utilizing sticks, shadows, and straightforward geometry. We stopover at Foucault’s enthralling pendulum, a cannonball suspended from the dome of the Panthéon in Paris that permits us to work out the rotation of the earth on its axis. We meet Galileo—the purely scientist with experiments within the best ten—brilliantly drawing on his musical education to degree the rate of falling our bodies. And we commute to the quantum global, within the most pretty scan of all.

We additionally examine why those ten experiments exert this kind of strong carry on our imaginations. From the traditional international to state of the art physics, those ten exhilarating moments demonstrate whatever primary in regards to the global, pulling us out of bewilderment and revealing nature’s attractiveness. The Prism and the Pendulum brings us face-to-face with the sweetness of science.

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