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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George Johnson
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Mar 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, pop-science
Read in March, 2009 — I own a copy

This book takes as its starting point the idea that an experiment can be elegant and simple and devised and carried out by a single individual. He choose his ten favourite and gives each one a short, descriptive chapter. Including Galileo's work with gravity, Harvey's discovery of the heart as a pump, Newton's optical work and more, it's a whistle-stop tour through some of the most interesting science since the Enlightenment.

Clearly written and easy to read, while remaining descriptive, it makes it easy to follow the logic of the experiments themselves. Well worth reading.

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