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Pure Science
Review of The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, by George Johnson.
By Peter Dizikes. The New York Times, April 13, 2008

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, by George JohnsonBeauty is truth, Keats declared, and truth beauty. Many prominent scientists have wished a version of this famous equation described their own work. The British quantum theorist Paul Dirac, for one, called his career “a search for pretty mathematics.” Most scientific aesthetes gaze fondly upon equations or arrangements of facts. A few, like the science writer George Johnson, also see beauty in the act of research. Johnson’s new book, “The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments,” is an appealing account of important scientific discoveries to which a variation of Keats applies: occasionally, beauty yields truth.

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The New York Times, June 29, 2008

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The Boston Globe, June 8, 2008

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Pure Science
The New York Times, April 13, 2008

Nature Nurtures Learning
The Boston Globe, December 31, 2007

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Nature Network Boston, May 1, 2007

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The Boston Globe, January 29, 2007

Genome Human
The New York Times, July 30, 2006

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Slate, February 3, 2006

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