By Peter Freund
This attention-grabbing publication assembles human tales approximately physicists and mathematicians. Remarkably, those tales cluster round a few basic topics having to do with the interplay among scientists, and with the impression of old occasions reminiscent of the arrival of fascism and communism within the 20th century on scientists habit. in brief, yet lucidly, a few of the appealing technological know-how that introduced those scientists jointly within the first position is defined
Read Online or Download A Passion for Discovery PDF
Similar history & philosophy books
One self-discipline, 4 methods bargains the 1st book-length creation to the background of every of the 4 significant traditions in anthropology—British, German, French, and American. the results of lectures given via extraordinary anthropologists Fredrik Barth, Andre Gingrich, Robert Parkin, and Sydel Silverman to mark the root of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, this quantity not just strains the advance of every culture yet considers their effect on each other and assesses their destiny potentials.
This publication offers a finished historical past of the numerous contributions the Jesuits made to technological know-how from their founding to the current. It additionally hyperlinks the Jesuits commitment to technological know-how with their particular spirituality which attempts to discover God in all issues. The e-book starts off with Christopher Clavius, professor of arithmetic within the Roman collage among 1567 and 1595, the initiator of this practice.
Alarmists argue that the U.S. urgently wishes extra and better-trained scientists to compete with the remainder of the area. Their critics counter that, faraway from dealing with a scarcity, we're generating a glut of younger scientists with bad employment customers. either camps have issued studies lately that are expecting the looming decline of yankee technological know-how.
- Natural Kinds and Conceptual Change
- Verbindung und Affinität: Die Grundlegung der neuzeitlichen Chemie an der Wende vom 17. zum 18. Jahrhundert
- Institutional Bias
- Death Rode the Rails: American Railroad Accidents and Safety, 1828--1965
Additional resources for A Passion for Discovery
Qxd 6/29/2007 9:40 AM Page 26 FA CHAPTER 5 The Wizard of Pasadena Unlike the other founders of modern quantum field theory, Richard Feynman, did not only formulate quantum electrodynamics as a workable theory, he first reinvented all of quantum theory from scratch. His sum over histories approach to quantum theory, equivalent to the earlier Heisenberg approach, is better suited for modern needs. In classical physics, applicable in the familiar macroscopic world, point-like bodies clearly move along well-defined paths that record their history as it were.
Perhaps, when bombarded with the “abstract” ideological slogans of the opposing Cold War powers, mathematicians felt a need to return to the specific, even if this implied some loss of lofty generality. After all, physicists, mathematicians and artists are all members of the same society and as such subject to its moods. Had Maupertuis witnessed all this, he might have claimed to have found the meaning of the elusive Zeitgeist. He wouldn’t have been any less justified than in his claim to have proved the existence of God.
Pauli effect? It is sometimes said that people cannot live without some form of religion. Look at the Russian religious renaissance after seventy years of officially enforced atheism. Then look at Pauli, the baptized son of a converted Jew who leaves the Catholic Church only to have the aftermath of a painful divorce land him at the doorstep of a fascinating and charismatic medicine man dabbling pseudoscientifically in the occult. But then, divorces can play dirty tricks on the human brain — notice I refrain from using the illdefined word soul.