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Q&A with Alan Lightman

Miracles of science

Clockwise from top left: Albert Einstein, Henrietta Leavitt, Edwin Hubble, and James D. Watson and Francis H. C. Crick.
Clockwise from top left: Albert Einstein, Henrietta Leavitt, Edwin Hubble, and James D. Watson and Francis H. C. Crick.
By Peter Dizikes
November 27, 2005

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THE 20TH CENTURY produced an unprecedented avalanche of scientific discoveries-more than enough to make selecting a mere two dozen or so of the period's greatest breakthroughs a daunting project. But that is the task Alan Lightman assigned himself for his new book, ''The Discoveries" (Pantheon), a work that surveys exactly 22 crucial achievements in science from 1900 to 1972 and ... (Full article: 1221 words)

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