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Author Aczel, Amir D.

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

Publication Info. New York : Atria Books, [2003]


Location Call No. Status
 Bloomfield, Prosser Library - Adult Department  BIOG. FOUCAULT, L.    Check Shelf
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  530.092 ACZ    Check Shelf
 Plainville Public Library - Non Fiction  530.092 ACZ    Check Shelf
 Portland Public Library - Adult Department  530.092 ACZ    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  B-FOUCAULT, L.    Check Shelf
Edition First Atria Books hardcover edition.
Description x, 275 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-264) and index.
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.
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.
Subject Foucault, Léon, 1819-1868.
Physicists -- France -- Biography.
Scientists -- France -- Biography.
Religion and science -- France -- History -- 19th century.
Added Title Léon Foucault and the triumph of science
ISBN 0743464788
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