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Amir Aczel tells Foucault's story in an easy, anecdotal style, with lots of digressions to give background and flavor to the tale. Most importantly, Aczel offers context for the discovery, reminding readers that great thinkers like Aristotle and Plato had the wrong idea about planetary motion, that Copernicus was lucky to die before the Inquisition could kill him for his radical notions, and that Galileo was severely persecuted by a Church that refused to accept astronomical reality. It took the sponsorship of Napoleon III to set Foucault's brilliant plan in motion, perhaps proving that science and politics can occasionally work together for the greater good. Pendulum is a delightful read, full of tidbits about the major astronomers and mathematicians of the 18th and 19th centuries. --Therese Littleton
If you want a brief history and how the pendulum works, this is the book to get. It is easy to read and kept it basic.Published 7 months ago by Why
Easy to read, this is a very good introduction to Foucault’s struggle for being accepted in the French scientific establishment.Published 11 months ago by Traveler
I just re-read the book (not as an ebook)I purchased years ago after forgetting most of it.
Unlike the 'Uranium Wars' it contains no propaganda of any kind, just depiction a... Read more
This is an interesting book about a major scientist of the 19th century. The description of the scientific life in Paris at the time is very interesting. Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by JClaude
A fascinating look at how a self-taught outsider proved the Earth's rotation around the sun. The book chronicles Foucault's struggles to be accepted by the close minded world of... Read morePublished on February 10, 2010 by G. Elston
My reaction to Amir Aczel's "Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science" was... meh: it's intellectual bubblegum lacking real substance. Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by Michael Meadon
Years ago when I lived in California, my father used to take me to San Francisco, and one of the things we loved to see was the Foucault Pendulum in the Golden Gate Park. Read morePublished on April 5, 2008 by Berneal Williams
That a biography of L?on Foucault would be named after his legendary pendulum experiment is only appropriate. Read morePublished on May 9, 2006 by S. Yonts
Written in an easy to read prose, this book makes a strong case for the importance of Foucault's work to our modern world, both in terms of scientific theory and in terms of... Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by Andrew W. Johns