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Curiosity
Author: Philip Ball

ISBN: 9780099554271
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 2 May 2013
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0 x 3.6
Description:
A tour through the history of human curiosity - from its original condemnation as sin, blossoming through the lives of Galileo and Newton, to its current role central to modern society.

There was a time when curiosity was condemned.

Through curiosity, our innocence was said to be lost. Ye this hasn't deterred us. Today we spend vast sums trying to recreate the first instants of creation in particle accelerators, out of pure desire to know. There seems now to be no question too vast or too trivial. No longer reviled, curiosity is now celebrated.

By examining the rise of curiosity from the dawn of modern science to today, we can examine how it functions in science, how it is spun, packaged and sold, and how the changing shape of science influences the kinds of questions it may ask.

About the Author

Philip Ball is a writer and contributor to Nature, where he previously worked as an editor for physical sciences. He writes regularly in the scientific and popular media, often combining the arenas of science and art, ...

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