Author(s): Kitty Ferguson
Acclaimed popular-science writer Kitty Ferguson investigates little-explored by-roads in the history of science, from Johannes Kepler's nearly disastrous venture into the realm of science fiction to a mid-20th-century experiment involving cats and rocket fuel. She introduces such under-appreciated geniuses as Mary the Jewess, first-century ancestress of modern chemistry, and Lise Meitner, whose role in the discovery of nuclear fission was ignored by the Nobel committee, and takes us on astounding adventures with the likes of Jesuit astronomer Ferdinand Verbiest, who invented the first automobile and saved his life by winning a bizarre astronomy competition in 17th-century China.
An investigation into little-explored byroads in the history of science. Includes long-forgotten discoverers, such as the inventor of the first car. Also includes unappreciated female geniuses such as Mary the Jewess and Lisa Meitner.
Kitty Ferguson has been writing and lecturing about science and scientists for over two decades. Kitty is the author of eight books; her 1991 biography Stephen Hawking: Quest for the Theory of Everything (Random House) was written with Hawking's encouragement and help and was an international bestseller. She also was a consultant for Hawking's book The Universe in a Nutshell (Random House). Her most recent biography, Stephen Hawking His Life and Work/An Unfettered Mind (St. Martin's Press), has been translated into 30 languages. Kitty has been interviewed by Forbes magazine, PBS's Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and the BBC. She lectures widely in North America and Europe, and her appearances have included the Goddard Space Flight Center, the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, and many universities. Kitty and her husband divide their time between Cambridge, England, and South Carolina.