No Need for Geniuses: Revolutionary Science in the Age of the Guillotine

Author:   Professor Steve Jones
Publisher:   Little, Brown Book Group
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9781408705964


Pages:   384
Publication Date:   07 April 2016
Format:   Paperback
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Paris at the time of the French Revolution was the world capital of science. Its scholars laid the foundations of today's physics, chemistry and biology. They were true revolutionaries: agents of an upheaval both of understanding and of politics. Many had an astonishing breadth of talents. The Minister of Finance just before the upheaval did research on crystals and the spread of animal disease. After it, Paris's first mayor was an astronomer, the general who fought off invaders was a mathematician while Marat, a major figure in the Terror, saw himself as a leading physicist. Paris in the century around 1789 saw the first lightning conductor, the first flight, the first estimate of the speed of light and the invention of the tin can and the stethoscope. The metre replaced the yard and the theory of evolution came into being. The city was saturated in science and many of its monuments still are. The Eiffel Tower, built to celebrate the Revolution's centennial, saw the world's first wind-tunnel and first radio message, and first observation of cosmic rays. Perhaps the greatest Revolutionary scientist of all, Antoine Lavoisier, founded modern chemistry and physiology, transformed French farming, and much improved gunpowder manufacture. His political activities brought him a fortune, but in the end led to his execution. The judge who sentenced him - and many other researchers - claimed that 'the Revolution has no need for geniuses'. In this enthralling and timely book Steve Jones shows how wrong this was and takes a sideways look at Paris, its history, and its science, to give a dazzling new insight into the City of Light.

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Author:   Professor Steve Jones
Publisher:   Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint:   Little, Brown
Dimensions:   Width: 15.60cm , Height: 2.90cm , Length: 23.10cm
Weight:   0.498kg
ISBN:  

9781408705964


ISBN 10:   1408705966
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   07 April 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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An ingenious guidebook to the scientific past of Paris, written in lucid, erudite prose -- Ruth Scurr New Statesman Every section provides a richly informative guide to the history of a different scientific subject - from evolution to the rise of the potato Daily Mail


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Steve Jones is a Senior Research Fellow at University College, London and has worked at universities in the USA, Australia and Africa. He gave the Reith Lectures in 1991 and presented a BBC TV series on human genetics and evolution in 1996. He appears frequently on radio and television.

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