The Resource Elegance in science : the beauty of simplicity, Ian Glynn

Elegance in science : the beauty of simplicity, Ian Glynn

Label
Elegance in science : the beauty of simplicity
Title
Elegance in science
Title remainder
the beauty of simplicity
Statement of responsibility
Ian Glynn
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Science is often thought of as a methodical but dull activity. But the finest science, the breakthroughs most admired and respected by scientists themselves, is characterized by elegance." "What does elegance mean in the context of science? Economy is a considerable part of it; creativity too. Sometimes, a suggested solution is so simple and neat that it elicits an exclamation of wonder from the observer. The greatest science, whether primarily theoretical or experimental, reflects a creative imagination." "In this book, the distinguished physiologist and writer Ian Glynn explores some of the finest examples of elegance in science: the delightful simplicity of the laws discovered by Kepler and Newton in the motion of the planets; Galileo's experiments with an inclined plane; the remarkable work of Thomas Young on light; dazzling insights into the counterintuitive workings of our perception demonstrated by Richard Gregory and Vilayanur Ramachandran; and the several breakthroughs that led to Crick and Watson's unravelling of the structure and function of DNA. The result is a fascinating tour through some of the most important episodes in the history of science."--Jacket
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
501
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
Q175.32.A47
LC item number
G59 2010eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Elegance in science : the beauty of simplicity, Ian Glynn
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-262) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The meaning of elegance -- Celestial mechanics : the route to Newton -- Bringing the heavens down to earth -- So what is heat? -- Elegance and electricity -- Throwing light on light : with the story of Thomas Young -- How do nerves work? -- Information handling in the brain -- The genetic code -- Epilogue : a cautionary tale
Control code
ocn828424204
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvii, 271 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780191507120
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
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1141987
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
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.b36219502
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)828424204
  • ebsco0191507121

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
      75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria, 3216, AU
      -38.195656 144.304955
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