Science Secrets: The Truth about Darwin's Finches, Einstein's Wife, and Other Myths
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Science Secrets: The Truth about Darwin's Finches, Einstein's Wife, and Other Myths

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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 o...more
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published May 29th 2011 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published May 28th 2011)
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Some of this was very difficult to read for a layperson because of the amount of technical and scientific jargon, but the chapters that dealt specifically with historical "facts" or stories were very interesting and mostly engaging. I vividly remember being taught in high school physics class that Galileo dealt a death blow to the scientific clout of the Catholic Church with his cheeky experiments off the Leaning Tower. Martinez not only clarifies what we know and what we don't know about some o...more
I only really read the chapter about whether Einstein believed in God, but that chapter at least was really good! Also, the font in this book is AMAZING. I'm dying to know what kind of font it is.
This book brought to mind the old question of whether it is worth your time to finish reading a book you are not enjoying. I thoroughly enjoyed the first few chapters on Galileo, Newton and Darwin. And the chapter dealing with whether or not Einstein believed in God captured my interest, but then I bogged down in chapters on Einstein's wife and clock towers. My interests were revived with the chapter on "Eugenics and the Myth of Equality." I was only partially aware of how extensive this terribl...more
I tried, I really did. My mind is just not on this track right now. It's well-written, and interesting, but I couldn't get into it. For 8 weeks!
Josh McDevitt-Spall
Some really interesting stuff, breaking down famous scientific myths. The author seems a tad obsessed with Pythagoras.
O'Fallon Public Library
Recommended by SAU Library (Davenport, Iowa).
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