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This is an auction for GREAT FEUDS IN SCIENCE: TEN OF THE LIVELIEST DISPUTES EVER by Hal Hellman. review:

“GREAT FEUDS IN SCIENCE, Hal Hellman tells the lively stories of ten of the most outrageous and intriguing disputes from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Defending the merits of their science before the arguments of fellow scientists, the dogmatic perspectives of religious believers, and the envy and contempt of competitors, scientists from Galileo to Darwin have found themselves and their work at the centre of storms that have raged into remarkable furies. We learn about the possibly unintended personal slight that may have prompted Pope Urban VIII's anger at Galileo in their famous battle over the evidence that Earth revolves around the Sun. The surprising role of remarkable coincidences in the history of science is revealed in the story of the raging battle between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz over their simultaneous invention of calculus. The power of reputation is brought to light in the account of the decades-long battle between Lord Kelvin, a titan of science in his time, and the proponents of the new field of geology over Kelvin's underestimate of the age of Earth (he proved to be billions of years off the mark). GREAT FEUDS IN SCIENCE reveals that controversies are not only typical of, but often necessary to, the progress of science.”

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Hardback 1998.

240 pages.

Ex library, but still very good condition.

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