What's this you say? Tesla and Einstein juggling the universe and electrcity? Is this some kind of mad Sci-Fi mash-up? Well, no. Not even a little bit. But it does looks like a heck of a lot of fun. They Called Me Mad falls under the Science History category, which is an area of the bookstore I always find myself drawn too despite not mentioning those types of reads here much. With this one I couldn't help myself. The title alone was enough to sell me.
Discover the true genius behind history's greatest "madmen."They Called Me Mad is probably going to end up on my Christmas wishlist as it comes out December 7.
From Dr. Frankenstein to Dr. Jekyll, the image of the mad scientist surrounded by glass vials, copper coils, and electrical apparatus remains a popular fixture. In films and fiction, he's comically misguided, tragically misunderstood, or pathologically evil. But the origins of this stereotype can be found in the sometimes-eccentric real life men and women who challenged our view of the world and broke new scientific frontiers.
They Called Me Mad recounts the amazing true stories of such historical luminaries as Archimedes, the calculator of pi and creator of the world's first death ray; Isaac Newton, the world's first great scientist and the last great alchemist; Nikola Tesla, who built the precursors of robots, fluorescent lighting, and particle beam weapons before the turn of the twentieth century-and more.
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