Great Feuds in Science: Ten of the Liveliest Disputes Ever
The dramatic stories of ten historic feuds: How they altered the course of discovery-and shaped the modern worldHall Hellman tells the lively stories of ten of the most outrageous and intriguing disputes from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Bringing the cataclysmic clash of ideas and... show more
The dramatic stories of ten historic feuds: How they altered the course of discovery-and shaped the modern worldHall Hellman tells the lively stories of ten of the most outrageous and intriguing disputes from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Bringing the cataclysmic clash of ideas and personalities to colorful life, Hellman explores both the science and the spirit of the times. Along the way, he reveals that scientific feuds are fueled not only by the purest of intellectual disagreements, but also by intransigence, ambition, jealousy, politics, faith, and the irresistible human urge to be right.Unusual insight into the development of science . . . I was excited by this book and enthusiastically recommend it to general as well as scientific audiences. -American ScientistHellman has assembled a series of entertaining tales. . . . many fine examples of heady invective without parallel in our time. -NatureAn entertaining and informative account of the unusual personalities and sometimes bitter rivalries of some of the world's greatest scientific minds. -Publishers WeeklyA fascinating new book which details some of the most famous disputes of the ages.-Courier MailDry science history turns into entertaining reading without sacrificing historical accuracy. -The Christchurch PressGreat Feuds in Science is wonderful history, as the reader learns how scientists had to fight with religious leaders and other scientists to get their work recognized, accepted, and even get the credit for it! -Bookviews
Publish date: August 20th 1999
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
I had a hard time getting through it. I expected it to be much lighter than it turned out to be. Really, feuds should be more exciting than this.
Exactly what it says on the tin. Sometimes that's nice, of course, but a clever title wouldn't go awry.The feuds here run the gamut, from genuine scientific disagreements to squabbling over who will get credit for inventing/discovering what and when, to societal and religious meddling in science. Th...
In explaining scientific arguments, Hellman has to provide enough scientific and historical background to make the dispute clear while simultaneously keeping his explanation understandable to laymen. He does a pretty good job. I can't be objective about this book: I know some science too well and...