Mad Science: Einstein's Fridge, Dewar's Flask, Mach's Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries That Made Our World by Randy Alfred is a compendium of important scientific achievements that go back centuries in some cases. The presentation is interesting and informative for a wide constituency of readers in the arts and sciences.
For instance, the author shows how the first light was produced in Roselle, New Jersey through the use of overhead wires in 1883. On January 23, 1960, the Trieste lowered 7 miles beneath the surface to the deepest point on earth in the Marianas Trench.
Alfred shows how modern genetics was impacted when Mendel read the first paper on February 8, 1965. A few years later in 1887, Mach explained the idea of supersonic flow. In essence, shock waves form at supersonic speeds.
Alfred researched the history of the steam powered engine by documenting how Tom Newcomen invented a prototype on February 24, 1664. Years later, Alessandro Volta invented the wet cell battery on March 20, 1800.
Modern medicine was impacted when Robert Koch discovered the TB bacillus on March 24, 1882. A few years later, Alfred explains how Felix Hoffman invented aspirin on March 6, 1899.
Mad Science: Einstein's Fridge, Dewar's Flask, Mach's Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries that Made Our World by Randy Alfred is an important work for students, teachers, geeks, non-geeks, journalists and a wide constituency of readers everywhere.
The presentation is interesting and engaging. In addition, this work could be employed by journalists for fact-checking purposes. The book is well written and concise. The contents could serve as an important supplement for scientific research papers and student projects.
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