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Eurekas and Euphorias: The Oxford Book of Scientific Anecdotes (The Oxford Books of...)
The march of science has been marked through the years by episodes of drama and comedy, of failure as well as triumph, by outrageous strokes of luck, deserved and undeserved, and sometimes by human tragedy. From the death of Archimedes at the hands of an irritated Roman soldier to the concoction of a superconducting witches' brew at the close of the twentieth century, the ...more
Paperback, 357 pages
Published May 13th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published September 26th 2002)
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The book consists of 100-odd stories about different personalities in science, predominantly from the 19th and first half of the 20th century but also including some stories from before and after. Most are hilarious (or at least strange), especially if you have ever spent any time in academia. They vary in length from a few paragraphs to a few pages, so it's excellent bedtime or bathroom reading.
This is an interesting book, overall, but some considerable portion of its worth may be in the footnotes to each of the anecdotes - where Gratzer footnotes his source. Any interesting story can then be followed to another book to read.
Apr 29, 2012 Remo rated it really liked it
Eurekas y Euforias, como su propio subtítulo indica, es una recopilación de anécdotas sobre los principales descubrimientos científicos y los científicos que los consiguienron. El autor del libro es químico, pero a pesar de ello ha conseguido recopilar anécdotas de todas las ramas de la ciencia (quizás se echan en falta algunas sobre Geología). El libro está muy bien escrito y traducido y las anécdotas muy bien seleccionadas. Un gustazo. Algunas de las anécdotas interesantes que narra este libro ...more
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