The Newton Awards: A History of Genius in Science and Technology

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9781593680121: The Newton Awards: A History of Genius in Science and Technology

Michael Hart and Claire Parkinson present a series of awards to individuals who have been indispensable in the development of knowledge and its practical applications The Newton Awards, named after the world's greatest scientist. In so doing, the authors craft a concise and lively history of science and technology since 1600, offering insights into the lives and accomplishments of the men and women who revolutionized society and human thought.

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Michael H. Hart earned a Ph.D. in astronomy from Princeton University; he also holds advanced degrees in physics and in computer science, as well as a law degree. He is best known as the author of The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, which has been translated into 15 foreign languages. He has also the author of A View from the Year 3000 and Understanding Human History. Claire L. Parkinson received a bachelor s degree from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. from Ohio State University. For the past 34 years, she has been a climate scientist at NASA s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. She has written books on satellite imagery, climate change, and the history of science, including Breakthroughs: A Chronology of Great Achievements in Science and Mathematics.

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The Newton Awards should be widely read and liked by high school and college students wanting a taste of past great moments in science and math. --James D. Watson, Awarded the 1962 Noble Prize for the co-discovery of the structure of DNA

Enabled by the cosmic insights of Professor Michael Hart (Ph.D., Astronomy, Princeton) and Claire Parkinson (Ph.D., Climatology, Ohio State University), The Newton Awards produces a unique understanding of the most stunning scientific and technological achievements of mankind s history, as well as promising inspiration to the upcoming future generation of young scientists that can see firsthand the thrill of discovery that The Newton Awards makes explicit. --Raymond Damadian, Inventor of the first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine

In this edifying tour of the great scientific achievements of the Western world, Hart (The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History) and Parkinson (Breakthroughs: A Chronology of Great Achievements in Science and Mathematics) canvass the history of science from Johannes Kepler s discovery of the laws of planetary motion at the beginning of the 17th century to the cloning of Dolly in 1996. Imagining a more expansive version of the Nobel Prizes, the authors have given out 140 awards to worthy recipients in all branches of mathematics and the natural sciences. The chronologically arranged entries each average three pages in length and highlight a winner by providing biographical material as well as scientific background and the legacy of the person s innovation. Criteria for selection included the importance of the achievement, its practical applications, and the degree to which the innovation struck the authors as a brilliant achievement. Award winners are primarily the usual suspects, including Isaac Newton, Antoine Lavoisier, Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, and Wernher von Braun, though others are less well known, such as the discoverer of the cholera vaccine, Waldemar Haffkine, and the inventor of the piano, Bartolomeo Cristofori.... Novel in theme, packed with interesting details, and written in engaging prose, this volume is recommended for readers working on reports and those who have a general interest in the history of science. --Library Journal (September 1, 2013); Brian Odom

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