- Title: Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science
- Author: Ra Page
- ISBN: 9781905583331
- Page: 424
- Format: Paperback
This anthology draws out and distills science s love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of significant discoveries From Archimedes bath to Newton s apple, these vivid accounts of scientific discovery explore the principlesThis anthology draws out and distills science s love of narrative from a wide range of scientific disciplines, weaving theory into very human stories and delving into the humanity of theorists and experimenters as they stood on the brink of significant discoveries From Archimedes bath to Newton s apple, these vivid accounts of scientific discovery explore the principles behind each theory and add to the larger narrative of how the universe works Including Joseph Swan s original lightbulb moment, Einstein s revelation on a Bern tram, and Pavlov s identification of personality types thanks to a freak flood in his St Petersburg lab, this record brings these eureka moments to life and explains the science behind them to the general reader Contributors include Kate Clanchy, Stelly Duffy, Maggie Gee, Sarah Hall, Alison MacLeod, Sara Maitland, Sean O Brien, Prof Jim al Khalili, Jane Rogers, and .
Recent Comments "Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science"
A number of authors have attempted the difficult task of writing fiction that is used to explain science and it almost always fails. It's just incredibly difficult to do well. Either the fiction isn't good enough, or the science isn't good enough - or the fiction is so obscure that it simply puts the reader off.I confess, when I saw this book and got excited about reviewing it, I misunderstood what it was. The subtitle is 'short stories from modern science' so I thought it would be like Tania He [...]
The scientific process is based on the sharing of ideas and information. Behind all discoveries lie a multitude of stories. The human need for a narrative, for a hero, encourages us to ignore the reality of science in favour of the 'Eureka' moment. We want a name, a date, on which we can hang the story. The creators of Litmus acknowledge this by giving us the stories, by telling us about individual scientists, illuminating in a fictionalised form the discovery or invention they are known for. Th [...]
I'm not sure how I stumbled across this book but it was a delightful find. The short stories set out to undo the myth of 'eureka moments' in scientific discoveries, showing instead how they come from a process of learning and experimenting, often combined with sheer blind luck.The book is an interesting mix of fact and fiction, and while I felt some stories were more successful in their task than others, still overall I enjoyed them all. Each story is followed by a scientific explanation of the [...]
I was delighted to be asked by Ra Page to write a short story for Litmus. It's always fun to write stories like this, but for this I was given the chance to collaborate with Professor Jim al-Khalili, and that was enormous fun. The theme was for scientists and authors to select certain laws or periods in scientific history, and for the authors to then go and write a story that encapsulated the concepts and the themes. With Jim, I took on the Theory of General Relativity - which was a big enough t [...]
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