The Discoveries: Great Breakthroughs in 20th-Century Science, Including the Original Papers (Paperback)

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In this captivating and lucid book, novelist and science writer Alan Lightman chronicles twenty-four great discoveries of twentieth-century science--everything from the theory of relativity to mapping the structure of DNA.These discoveries radically changed our notions of the world and our place in it. Here are Einstein, Fleming, Bohr, McClintock, Paul ing, Watson and Crick, Heisenberg and many others. With remarkable insight, Lightman charts the intellectual and emotional landscape of the time, portrays the human drama of discovery, and explains the significance and impact of the work. Finally he includes a fascinating and unique guided tour through the original papers in which the discoveries were revealed. Here is science writing at its best–beautiful, lyrical and completely accessible. It brings the process of discovery to life before our very eyes.

About the Author


Alan Lightman, an active research scientist in astronomy and physics, has taught at both Harvard and MIT. His novels include "Einstein s Dreams", which was a "New York Times "and international bestseller; "Good Benito"; "The Diagnosis", which was a finalist for the 2000 National Book Award; and "Reunion". His essays have appeared in the" New York Review of Books", "New York Times", "Nature", "Atlantic Monthly", and the" New Yorker".

Praise For…


"Engaging. . . . Masterly. . . . Intimate. . . . [Lightman's] enjoyment of the material shines through." –The Washington Post

“Lightman's map of 20th century science beautifully conveys the human drama of discovery.” –American Scientist

“An intriguing mix of the famous and unfamiliar.” –The Boston Globe

"Lightman's introductions to the discoveries are, collectively, an outstanding primer on the development of science in the twentieth century.”–The Nation

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375713453
ISBN-10: 037571345X
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
Publication Date: November 14th, 2006
Pages: 553
Language: English