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Newton's Apple and Other Myths About Science (Hardback)
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Newton's Apple and Other Myths About Science (Hardback)

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Hardback 290 Pages / Published: 13/11/2015
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A falling apple inspired the law of gravity-or so the story goes. Is it true? Perhaps not. But why do such stories endure as explanations of how science happens? Newton's Apple and Other Myths about Science brushes away popular misconceptions to provide a clearer picture of scientific breakthroughs from ancient times to the present.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674967984
Number of pages: 290
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 213 x 145 x 25 mm


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Numbers and Kampourakis have assembled a splendid collection of essays challenging rampant misconceptions about science past and present. This book will be of interest to researchers, teachers, students, and anyone who cares about getting the history of science right.--Angela N. H. Creager, author of Life Atomic
Twenty-seven popular myths about science and its history bite the dust in this engaging and timely book. In these essays, Numbers, Kampourakis, and a host of eminent experts set the record straight and explore how and why these myths become part of our collective memory--whether right or wrong. Each chapter offers important lessons about history and the scientists involved in some of our most significant discoveries.--Janet Browne, author of Charles Darwin: A Biography
Newton's Apple seeks to expose lingering misconceptions about the precursors of modern science, about how science is conducted, and about leading researchers who pushed their fields forward.--Bob Grant"The Scientist" (12/01/2015)
Myth busting is always great fun as well as being educational. Newton's Apple and Other Myths about Science is a splendid sequel to Galileo Goes to Jail and Other Myths about Science and Religion. Here, twenty-eight experts punch holes in widely-held opinions about science. But it may be disconcerting to find a few of your own long-held beliefs in the ranks. So don't read this book if you aren't prepared to change your mind.--Owen Gingerich, author of God's Planet
In Newton's Apple and Other Myths about Science 27 experts in the history of science and science education explore 27 'myths' that are staples of classroom and popular science. Each short, readable and authoritative chapter is perfect commute-length reading. Better than just countering the myths, the book explains when they arose and why they stuck.-- (12/09/2016)

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