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Litmus

(2011)
Short Stories from Modern Science
An anthology of stories edited by

 
 
Like the creation myths they supersede, the revelations of science are seared into our collective imagination through storytelling. From Archimedes' bath to Newton's apple, vivid accounts of scientific discovery help us understand the principles behind each theory, and add to the larger narrative of how the universe works, and how we came to be here.

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 momentous discoveries: from Joseph Swan's original light-bulb moment to the uncovering of 'mirror neurons' lighting up empathy zones in the human brain; from Einstein's revelation on a Bern tram, to Pavlov's identification of personality types thanks to a freak flood in his St Petersburg lab.

Each story has been written in close consultation with scientists and historians and is accompanied by a specially written afterword, expanding on the science for the general reader.

Together, they bring vividly to life the stories behind the 'eureka!' moments that changed the way we live, forever.

'Exquisite... .delectable' - New Scientist
'Works brilliantly... ingenious... unfailingly interesting' - The Independent

    

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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science (Science-Into-Fiction)
Author(s): Kate Clanchy, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Stella Duffy, Sarah Hall, Trevor Hoyle, Jane Rogers, Alison MacLeod, Sara Maitland, Maggie Gee, Sean O'Brien, Prof Jim Al-Khalili, Prof Denis Noble
ISBN: 1-905583-33-8 / 978-1-905583-33-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Comma Press
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Kindle Editions

January 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science
Author(s): Kate Clanchy, Jane Rogers, Alison McLeod, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Sara Maitland, Sean O'Brien, Sarah Hall
Publisher: Comma Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


January 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Litmus: Short Stories from Modern Science
Author(s): Kate Clanchy, Stella Duffy, Jane Rogers, Sarah Hall, Alison McLeod, Adam Marek, Sean O'Brien, Prof Jim Al-Khalili, Prof Denis Noble
Publisher: Comma Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA