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NINE LUMINARIES OF SCIENCE Interesting and Inspiring Facts about the Personal Lives of These Great Men and Woman

Author Name: Joseph Mani | Format: Paperback | Genre : Biographies & Autobiographies | Other Details

 

In this book we look at the lives of nine eminent scientists – Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Curie, Bose, Einstein, Raman, Feynman and Hawking – not so much as scientists but as human beings, their family lives, their religious beliefs, their values and their idiosyncrasies

Little known facts:

·        Copernicus had a doctorate in Church Law and was a senior official of the Catholic Church till his death

·         Einstein invented a new type of refrigerator; Curie could not afford to buy even 1 gram of the element she discovered

·         Curie and Einstein thought of suicide; Hawking attempted suicide

·         Newton waited at tables and cleaned rooms of rich classmates to pay his college fees; Curie could not afford a full meal during her student days.

·         Copernicus, Galileo, Newton and Bose were deeply religious; Einstein and Raman were pantheists; Curie was an agnostic; Feynman and Hawking were atheists

·         Curie’s died of her own discovery; her notebooks are still radioactive and will remain so for the next 1500 years

·         Newton spent the last thirty years of his life in alchemy, Bible studies and catching and putting to death counterfeiters; Einstein spent the last thirty years of his life in a lonely, frustrating attempt to develop the Unified Theory, abandoned and even ridiculed by his fellow scientists.

·         Curie’s and Hawking’s parents were highly educated; Newton’s parents were illiterate

·         E = mc2 is not Einstein’s full equation; and its negative counterpart led to the idea of antimatter

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Joseph Mani

Joseph Mani was born in a village in Kerala where he did all his schooling. He did his B.Sc and M.Sc in Physics from Gujarat University and his MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He has also done studies in philosophy, religion, literature and linguistics.

For twenty-seven years he worked in five different companies in the area of HR and training. After taking premature retirement from MRF, he is now a management consultant, trainer and career counsellor.

Mani has conducted a large number of workshops and seminars on human relations for persons ranging from college professors, Catholic priests to CEOs.

Mani is married to Mary. They have a daughter and a son, and they live in Chennai.

e-mail  manijoseph3@gmail.com

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