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Pendulum by Amir D. Aczel
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PENDULUM: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science. (2003). Amir D. Aczel. ***.
The life of Foucault is a little thin on the ground in this book. It turns out that Foucault many important contributions to science during his career, but was ignored by his peers because he was not ‘trained’ to be a scientist in their minds. He was constantly applying for membership in the Royal Society of Scientists, but was routinely turned down. Although his experiment with the pendulum proved beyond a doubt that the earth rotated, it was viewed as a lucky experiment by other scientists. He only began to be recognized for his knowledge and talents when he hooked up with Napoleon III – an amateur scientist in his own right. The other significant advance made by Foucault was the invention of the gyroscope – an instrument that is now in widespread use. You have to give Foucault credit for bravery and persistence, though, since his results that proved the earth’s rotation were contrary to the current tenets of the Catholic Church. The church, however, accepted his results and removed the bans on the results of experiments from many other scientists.
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