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  • 672

  • 9780140297416

  • 129 mm

  • 198 mm

  • 423 gram


  • 1-JUN-10

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  • 30 mm

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    Tells the story of the people who made science and the turbulent times they lived in. This book details famous figures such as Copernicus, Darwin, Andreas Vesalius, Galileo, Newton, Gregor Mendel and Louis Agassiz.

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    John Gribbin

    John R. Gribbin (born 1946) is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings include quantum physics, biographies of famous scientists, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming. His also writes science fiction.

    John Gribbin graduated with his bachelors degree in physics from the University of Sussex in 1966. Gribbin then earned his master of science (M.Sc.) degree in astronomy in 1967, also from the Univ. of Sussex, and he earned his Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge (1971).

    In 1968, Gribbin worked as one of Fred Hoyles research students at the Institute of Theoretical Astronomy, and wrote a number of stories for New Scientist about the Institutes research and what were eventually discovered to be pulsars.

    In 1974, Gribbin published, along with Stephen Plagemann, a book titled The Jupiter Effect, that predicted that the alignment of the planets in quadrant on one side of the Sun on March 10, 1982 would cause gravitational effects that would trigger earthquakes in the San Andreas fault, possibly wiping out Los Angeles and its suburbs. Gribbin repudiated The Jupiter Effect in the July 17, 1980, issue of New Scientist magazine in which he stated that he had been too clever by half.

    In 1984, Gribbin published In Search of Schrodingers Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality, the book that he is best known for, which continues to sell well 28 years after publication. It has been described as among the best of the first wave of physics popularisations preceding Stephen Hawkings multi-million-selling A Brief History of Time. Gribbins book has been cited as an example of how to revive an interest in the study of mathematics.

    In 2006, Gribbin took part in a BBC radio 4 broadcast as an expert witness. Presenter Matthew Parris discussed with Professor Kathy Sykes and Gribbin whether Ein

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