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By Arthur W. Wiggins, Sidney Harris, Charles M. Wynn Sr.

This vigorous and funny ebook focuses awareness at the indisputable fact that technology is a human company. The reader learns in regards to the foibles and quirks in addition to the admirable ingenuity and bold accomplishments of well-known scientists who made the various maximum discoveries of the previous and present.

Examples abound: James Watson and Francis Crick shaped a mythical partnership that ended in the invention of DNA, yet they basically neglected the contribution of woman colleague Rosalind Franklin. Later, within the race to series the human genome, Watson criticized J. Craig Venter's strategy as a technique that "could be run by means of monkeys." Nikola Tesla as soon as labored for Thomas Edison, yet then give up after a dispute a few bonus. Robert Hooke accused Isaac Newton of stealing his rules approximately optics. Plato declared that the works of Democritus could be burned.

With tongue-in-cheek illustrations by means of well known technological know-how cartoonist Sidney Harris, this ebook takes the reader behind the curtain of clinical examine to polish new gentle at the all-too-human those who "do" science.

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