From Galileo To Boltzmann: A History Of The Fragility And Resilience Of Science

Author: Rodrigo Fernos

ISBN: 978-1-62137-822-8

326 pages

When the same $9 billion allocated to a nation's annual budget (Puerto Rico 2015) is spent on a single scientific instrument (Hubble telescope) or to administer a single scientific facility for a year (CERN), we might presume that science is today a monolithic enterprise, akin to what the pyramids of Ancient Egypt had been in their day. Yet when we turn to the details and contours of the history of science, we find humble beginnings that could have easily resulted in different outcomes. The aim of this book is to open these hidden corridors so as to show not only the fragility of early scientific endeavors, but to also provide a greater appreciation for the courage and sacrifice of its formative practitioners.


Rodrigo Fernos, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Some of his books include: Science Still Born: The Rise and Impact of the Pan American Scientific Congresses, 1898-1916 (2003) and Gonzalo Fernós Maldonado y el Espacio para la Cienca en Puerto Pico (2013). His research focuses on the relationships between science in the metropolis and the periphery.

Category: History, Science

Type: books

Vendor: Rodrigo Fernos

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