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The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

George Johnson

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From the acclaimed New York Times science writer George Johnson, an irresistible book on the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science-moments when a curious soul posed a particularly eloquent question to nature and received a crisp, unambiguous reply. Johnson takes us to those times when the world seemed filled with mysterious forces, when scientists were dazzled by light, by electricity, and by the beating of the hearts they laid bare on the dissecting table. We see Galileo singing to mark time as he measures the pull of gravity, and Newton carefully inserting a needle behind his eye to learn how light causes vibrations in the retina. William Harvey ties a tourniquet around his arm and watches his arteries throb above and his veins bulge below, proving that blood circulates. Luigi Galvani sparks electrical currents in dissected frog legs, wondering at the twitching muscle fibers, and Ivan Pavlov makes his now-famous dogs salivate at ascending chord progressions. For all of them, diligence was rewarded. In an instant, confusion was swept aside and something new about nature leaped into view. In bringing us these stories, Johnson restores some of the romance to science, reminding us of the existential excitement of a single soul staring down the unknown.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Dion Graham

Length:

3h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

04:20

Introduction
Introduction

00:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:22


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:15


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:21


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:40


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:48


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:14


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:17


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:31


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:54


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:50


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:01


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:09


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

02:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:55


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:34


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:55


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:01


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:56


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:03


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:52


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:59


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:54


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:35


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:33


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:02


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:31


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:54


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:40


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:37


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:09


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:35


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

00:28