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The Nearly Men: A Chronicle of Scientific…

The Nearly Men: A Chronicle of Scientific Failure

by Mike Green

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The Nearly Men is a collection of biographies of eight men who missed out on being the most celebrated men of their age. This is either due to vicious competition or benign neglect by their times and peoples. Mike Green can get a little intrusive with his parenthetical remarks. They tend to pull the reader out of the story and introduce an element of judgment that just isn’t necessary. Also, you tend to get a picture of Thomas Edison as a complete pain-in-the-ass. All in all, an interesting read.

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Though most know the name of Isaac Newton, few would recognize that of Robert Hooke, a contemporary scientist who postulated the concept of planetary motion before Newton. Throughout the pages of scientific history, a long list of unsung heroes stand behind the famous names and the world’s top innovations. This eye-opening investigation looks at the most important names in science you’ve never heard of and uncovers their invaluable contributions. From Joseph Swan, who came up with the design of the light bulb only to have it snatched by Thomas Edison, to Nikola Tesla, who died almost penniless while Guglielmo Marconi used his theories to develop wireless radio, this is the story of the men and women who have thanklessly progressed science and technology.

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