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Lord Kelvin And The Age Of The Earth

Author : Joe D. Burchfield
ISBN : 9780226080437
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Portrait of Lord Kelvin
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Brilliant Blunders

Author : Mario Livio
ISBN : 9781439192375
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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We all make mistakes. Nobody is perfect. And that includes five of the greatest scientists in history -- Charles Darwin, William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, Albert Einstein. But the mistakes that these great scientists made helped science to advance. Indeed, as Mario Livio explains in this fascinating book, science thrives on error; it advances when erroneous ideas are disproven. All five scientists were great geniuses and fascinating human beings. Their blunders were part of their genius and part of the scientific process. Livio brilliantly analyses their errors to show where they were wrong and right, but what makes his book so enjoyable to read is Livio's analysis of the psychology of these towering figures. Along the way the reader learns an enormous amount about the evolution of life on earth and in the universe, but from an unusual vantage point -- the mistakes of great scientists rather than the achievements that made them famous.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Dating Game

Author : Cherry Lewis
ISBN : 9781107659599
Genre : Science
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How old is the Earth? At the end of the 19th century, geologists, biologists, physicists and astronomers were all looking for a clock that would provide an answer to this greatest time question of all. Here is the story of one man's vision in developing a geological time scale that would finally lead to an accurate date for the age of the Earth.
Category: Science

Lord Kelvin The Dynamic Victorian

Author : Harold I. Sharlin
ISBN : UOM:39015017192926
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Energy And Empire

Author : Crosbie Smith
ISBN : 0521261732
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 36.70 MB
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This study of Lord Kelvin, the most famous mathematical physicist of 19th-century Britain, delivers on a speculation long entertained by historians of science that Victorian physics expressed in its very content the industrial society that produced it.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Age Of The Earth

Author : G. Brent Dalrymple
ISBN : 0804723311
Genre : Science
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A synthesis of all that has been postulated and is known about the age of the Earth
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Age Of The Earth

Author : Arthur 1890-1965 Holmes
ISBN : 1360145311
Genre : History
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The Chronologers Quest

Author : Patrick Wyse Jackson
ISBN : 9781139457576
Genre : Science
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The debate over the age of the Earth has been ongoing for over two thousand years, and has pitted physicists and astronomers against biologists, religious philosophers against geologists. The Chronologers' Quest tells the fascinating story of our attempts to determine the age of the Earth. This book investigates the many novel methods used in the search for the Earth's age, from James Ussher and John Lightfoot examining biblical chronologies, Comte de Buffon and Lord Kelvin determining the length of time for the cooling of the Earth, to the more recent investigations of Arthur Holmes and Clair Patterson into radioactive dating of rocks and meteorites. The Chronologers' Quest is a readable account of the measurement of geological time. It will be of great interest to a wide range of readers, from those with little scientific background, to students and scientists in a wide range of the earth sciences.
Category: Science

The Earth

Author : Hubert Krivine
ISBN : 9781781688007
Genre : Philosophy
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How mankind discovered the size, trajectory and age of the Earth Our planet’s elliptical orbit around the Sun and its billions-of-years existence are facts we take for granted, matters every literate high school student is expected to grasp. But humanity’s struggle towards these scientific truths lasted millennia. Few of us have more than the faintest notion of the path we have travelled. Hubert Krivine tells the story of the thinkers and scientists whose work allowed our species to put an age to the planet and pinpoint our place in the solar system. It is a history of bold innovators, with a broad cast of contributors – not only Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler, but Halley, Kelvin, Darwin and Rutherford, among many others. Courage, iniquity, religious dogmatism, genius and blind luck all played a part. This was an epic struggle to free the mind from the constraints of cant, ideology and superstition. From this history, Krivine delineates an invaluable philosophy of science, one today under threat from irrationalism and the fundamentalist movements of East and West, which threaten both what we have attained at great cost and what we still have to learn. Scientific progress is not a sufficient condition for social progress; but it is a necessary one. The Earth is not merely a history of scientific learning, but a stirring defence of Enlightenment values in the quest for human advancement. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Philosophy