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Adrian Berry

Eureka: a book of scientific anecdotes

In science, as in any subject, there are some stories which tend to be remebered. either because they are amusing or because they illustrate a particular feature of human nature. In 'Eureka' Adrian Berry brings together a collection of such anecdotes. Berry is a fan of space travel, so there are plenty on that subject, such as the story of Apollo 13, and the possibility of a galaxy-wide communication network. However, there are also plenty of anecdotes concerning other sciences, such as Darwin's visit to the Galapagos islands, and the question of whether machines can think.

The first section is 'Tales of Explorers', such as Columbus and Magellan. I found it a bit strange that the book began in this way, as these stories don't seem to be particularly scientific. After that the book gets more into its proper subject. I would say, however, that the reader shouldn't expect too much from this book. The anecdotes are not the sort that have you laughing out loud, nor are they making any particular point - Berry has just collected together things which other people have written which happen to interest him. So its a book for the reader to browse through and find a story to while away the time.

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Paperback 239 pages  
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Published: 1993 Prometheus Books
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What do the discovery of the coffee bean, the invention of the aqualung, the perception of the importance of the size of the moon, the conquest of smallpox, and supersonic flight all have in common? They are milestones in the history of science, a saga that began before the ancient Greeks and one that will continue for thousands of years to come.

These and other fascinating stories about the world's most important inventions and discoveries are featured in The Book of Scientific Anecdotes. This witty, informative, and highly readable collection includes more than sixty anecdotes chosen and edited by science writer Adrian Berry.

Divided into eleven sections, the book covers topics ranging from man's exploration of the world - and space - to the revolution in communications, scientific martyrs, and "bogus science." It contains a wealth of fascinating, little-known facts and information, and anecdotes about people who have played crucial roles in the progress of science. You'll learn about Lucy, the woman who lived more than three million years ago, and J.S. Haldane, the only man to have tested safety in the mines by reciting Shakespeare.

The scientific achievements of this century - relativity, quantum mechanics, nuclear power, genetic engineering, space travel, jet aircraft, desktop computers, and the beginnings of artificial intelligence - have swept away most of the predictions of the past. What do these breakthroughs mean for the twenty-first century? The Book of Scientific Anecdotes illuminates some of the inventions and discoveries that have changed the world, and the people who made them.