The Life and Science of Léon Foucault: The Man who Proved the Earth Rotates

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 30, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 338 pages
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Léon Foucault's name is synonymous with his famous pendulum experiment, which proved for the first time that the Earth rotated. However, his contributions to science went well beyond his pendulum - the gyroscope; laboratory measurements of the speed of light; the invention of methods to make perfect optical surfaces. Foucault provides a fascinating case study of one of the last great amateur scientists. This abundantly-illustrated biography will prove to be a fascinating read for anyone interested in Foucault as a pioneer of science.

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William Tobin has been at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he has been Director of the Mount John University Observatory and is currently a part-time senior lecturer in astronomy.

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