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The Resource Pendulum : Léon Foucault and the triumph of science, Amir D. Aczel

Pendulum : Léon Foucault and the triumph of science, Amir D. Aczel

Label
Pendulum : Léon Foucault and the triumph of science
Title
Pendulum
Title remainder
Léon Foucault and the triumph of science
Statement of responsibility
Amir D. Aczel
Title variation
Léon Foucault and the triumph of science
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1851, struggling, self-taught physicist Lǒn Foucault performed a dramatic demonstration inside the Panthǒn in Paris. By tracking a pendulum's path as it swung repeatedly across the interior of the large ceremonial hall, Foucault offered the first definitive proof -- before an audience that comprised the cream of Parisian society, including the future emperor, Napoleon III -- that the earth revolves on its axis. In this book, Amir Aczel has revealed the life of a gifted physicist who had almost no formal education in science, and yet managed to succeed despite the adversity he suffered at the hands of his peers. Foucault gave us the modern electric compass, devised an electric microscope, invented photographic technology, and made remarkable deductions about color theory, heat waves, and the speed of light. Yet until now so little has been known about his life. Pendulum tells of the illustrious period in France during the Second Empire; of Foucault's relationship with Napoleon III, a colorful character in his own right; and -- most notably -- of the crucial triumph of science over religion
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
IG#
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Aczel, Amir D
Dewey number
  • 530/.092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QC16.F626
LC item number
A36 2003
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Foucault, Léon
  • Foucault, Léon
  • Foucault, Léon
  • Physicists
  • Scientists
  • Religion and science
  • Physicists
  • Religion and science
  • Scientists
  • France
  • Exacte wetenschappen
  • Fysik
  • Religion och vetenskap
Label
Pendulum : Léon Foucault and the triumph of science, Amir D. Aczel
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Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A stunning discovery in the cellar -- Ancient logic: Bible and inquisition -- Failed experiments with falling bodies-- A science "irregular" in the age of the engineer -- The meridian of Paris -- "Come see the earth turn" -- Mathematical Bedlam -- A new Bonaparte -- The force of Coriolis -- The Panthéon -- The Gyroscope -- The Coup d'État and the second empire -- An unemployed genius -- The observatory physicist -- Final glory -- A premature end -- The defeat at Sedan -- Aftermath
Control code
ocm52836411
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st Atria books hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 275 pages
Isbn
9780743464789
Lccn
2003284133
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52836411
  • (OCoLC)52836411
Label
Pendulum : Léon Foucault and the triumph of science, Amir D. Aczel
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A stunning discovery in the cellar -- Ancient logic: Bible and inquisition -- Failed experiments with falling bodies-- A science "irregular" in the age of the engineer -- The meridian of Paris -- "Come see the earth turn" -- Mathematical Bedlam -- A new Bonaparte -- The force of Coriolis -- The Panthéon -- The Gyroscope -- The Coup d'État and the second empire -- An unemployed genius -- The observatory physicist -- Final glory -- A premature end -- The defeat at Sedan -- Aftermath
Control code
ocm52836411
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st Atria books hardcover ed.
Extent
x, 275 pages
Isbn
9780743464789
Lccn
2003284133
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o52836411
  • (OCoLC)52836411

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