Academic journal article Science Scope

Insane Inventors

Academic journal article Science Scope

Insane Inventors

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By Stephanie Bearce. $8.95. 147 pp. Prufrock Press. Austin, TX. 2017. ISBN: 9781618215703.

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Thomas Edison told Nikola Tesla he would give him $50,000 to develop alternating current (AC). When Tesla did so, Edison said he was just kidding and refused to pay him. Werner Forssmann came up with the idea of cardiac catheterization but couldn't get permission to try it on anyone, so he convinced the operating room nurse to let him try it on her. He strapped her down to the operating room table but instead anesthetized his own arm and threaded in a catheter. William Buckland loved collecting fossils, especially dinosaur poop. His goal was to eat everything in the animal world. He said mole was repulsive, and he ate the supposed dried heart of King Louis XVI and even licked up bat urine.

Far from typical, this 147-page book draws the reader in with its coverage of a wide variety of scientists with enough levity and facts to make the book interesting.

Some of the scientists were crazier than others. Lawrence Patrick was a human crash test dummy. …

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