One experiment, involving a bed, platform scales, and a dying man, seemed to prove that the soul weighed the same as a slice of bread. But other, no less fanciful experiments and ideas led to the fundamentals of our understanding of movement, heat, light, and energy, and such things as the discovery of electricity, and the structure of DNA; improved engines; and the invention of computers. As in his previous book, Fisher uses personal stories and examples from everyday life, as well as humor, to make the science accessible. He touches on topics from lightning to corsets and from alchemy to Frankenstein and water babies, but he may not claim the last word on the weight of the soul!
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About the Author
Department of Physics, University of Bristol, England. The author of more than eighty scientific papers, Fisher has made more than 200 radio and television appearances worldwide.
Table of Contents
1 Weighing the Soul 1
2 Making a Move 23
3 A Salute to Newton 45
4 The Course of Lightning through a Corset 69
5 Fool's Gold? 89
6 Frankenstein Lives 111
7 What Is Life? 133
8 Conclusion: Necessary Mysteries 161
Appendix: A Brief Catalogue of Necessary Mysteries 165