The Story of Science: Newton at the Center
Science after the Middle Ages was in a sorry state of affairs. Much knowledge was lost in the aftermath of the collapse of the Roman world. Much of what was still known was incorrect—and even worse, because most of that knowledge came from the great Greek philosophers Aristotle and Ptolemy—few people were willing to admit that errors existed. Fortunately for us, a few brave souls such as Galileo and Copernicus boldly challenged what everyone assumed to be true, transforming science into a dynamic field of systematic investigation and wonderful new discoveries. In The Story of Science: Newton at the Center, Hakim reveals and explains the central breakthroughs of four hundred years of math and physics, including Newton’s insights into gravity, motion, and light; Dalton’s into gases; Volta’s and Maxwell’s into electricity; and Becquerel’s into radioactivity. Along the way readers will learn:
How Newton realized that the same force that pulls an apple to Earth keeps the Moon in its orbit.
How Pascal proved that air has weight.
Why no one but Mary Poppins can disregard the second law of thermodynamics.
A science book unlike any other, Newton at the Center pairs a gripping narrative style with quirky sidebars; hundreds of charts, maps, and diagrams; experiments to do at home; suggestions for further reading; and excerpts from the writings of great scientists.