Middle World: The restless heart of matter and life by Mark Haw (auth.)

By Mark Haw (auth.)

Between the microscopic international of quarks and atoms, and the macroscopic (observable) one in all pebbles and planets, there's one other global, unusually ignored by way of technology. it's inhabited through such things as pollen, DNA and viruses. Physicist Mark Haw tells the tale of ways scientists ultimately observed the stressed heart global, having missed it for thus long.

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The Swiss mathematician Daniel Bernoulli, in the early 1700s, constructed a mathematical theory of gases based on the idea that a gas was composed of many tiny particles. There was consensus, in other words, that stuff was made from many tiny pieces. GARDENS OF DELIGHT 43 No one had ever seen these tiny pieces. What were some of the most rigorous thinkers and experimenters in history doing accepting a theory of matter based on invisible particles they had never seen? They were building on thousands of years of tradition.

His father, Lazare Carnot, served as Napoleon's minister of war between 1799 and 1807. Sadi attended the Ecole Poly technique in Paris to be taught by some of the leading scientific lights of France, such as Poisson and Ampere. Following in the family's army tradition, Sadi went to the military engineering school at Metz in northeastern France. Frustrated by the petty jobs he was fobbed off with in the army, Sadi returned to Paris in 1815 and began to get interested in France's industrial and economic problems.

Some commentators in England, disillusioned by the lack of British government support for science and British cultural interest in scientists, pointed out that the distinguished botanist Robert Brown was far more esteemed in Europe than in his own country. The Presidency of the Royal Society had been given not to a scientist but to Duke Augustus Frederick, one of the many sons of King George III, and Robert Brown was seen as one of the few actual scientists in a position of scientific importance, as Keeper of Collections at the British Museum.

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