Journals Higher Education



Published: 16 September 2004

400 Pages | 132 halftones & line illus.

5-1/4 x 7-3/4 inches

ISBN: 9780198609414

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Galileo's Finger

The Ten Great Ideas of Science

Peter Atkins

Galileo, one of whose fingers is preserved in a vessel displayed in Florence, provided much of the impetus for modern science, pointing the way out of medieval ignorance. In this brilliant account of the central ideas of contemporary science, Peter Atkins celebrates the effectiveness of Galileo's symbolic finger for revealing the nature of our universe, our world, and ourselves. With wit, charm, and patience, Atkins leads the reader to an understanding of the essence of the whole of science.