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Alberto Martinez Reads, Signs "Science Secrets"

Wednesday June 8, 2011
7:00 PM • BookPeople, 603 N. Lamar

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Alberto Martinez, associate professor of history, will speak about and sign his new book "Science Secrets: The Truth about Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and Other Myths."

Was Darwin really inspired by Galápagos finches? Did Einstein’s wife secretly contribute to his theories? Did Franklin fly a kite in a thunderstorm? Did a falling apple lead Newton to universal gravity? Did Galileo drop objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa? Did Einstein really believe in God? Science Secrets answers these questions and many others. It is a unique study of how myths evolve in the history of science. The book includes new findings related to the Copernican revolution, alchemy, Pythagoras, young Einstein, and other events and figures in the history of science.

Martínez is associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. He is author of Kinematics: The Lost Origins of Einstein's Relativity and Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent.