Acid Tongues and Tranquil Dreamers
Tales of Bitter Rivalry That Fueled the Advancement of Science and TechnologyBook - 2001
A history of science focuses on the rivalries underpinning some of the most important scientific and technological discoveries in human history.
As George Bernard Shaw said, "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." Like other creative geniuses, scientists have achieved breakthroughs as a result of irrational motives -- notably the desire to best a rival. Revealing how each resulted in extraordinary discoveries, Michael White explores eight all-too-human rivalries over the past four centuries:
ISAAC NEWTON vs. GOTTFRIED LEIBNIZ
ANTOINE LAVOISIER vs. JOSEPH PRIESTLEY
CHARLES DARWIN vs. RICHARD OWEN
THOMAS EDISON vs. NIKOLA TESLA
THE ALLIES vs. THE AXIS POWERS
FRACIS CRICK and JAMES WATSON vs. LINUS PAULING vs. ROSALIND FRANKLIN and MAURICE WILKINS
THE UNITED STATES vs. THE SOVIET UNION
BILL GATES vs. LARRY ELLISON
A lively, biographical take on the history of science focuses on the rivalries underpinning some of the most important scientific and technological discoveries in human history. Reprint.