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Book Review: Mad Science: Einstein’s Fridge, Dewar’s Flask, Mach’s Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries that Made Our World by Randy Alfred

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Mad Science: Einstein’s Fridge, Dewar’s Flask, Mach’s Speed, and 362 Other Inventions and Discoveries that Made Our World by Randy Alfred is a compendium of important scientific achievements that go back centuries. The presentation is interesting and informative for a wide constituency of readers in the arts and sciences.

For instance, the author shows how the first electric light was produced in Roselle, New Jersey, through the use of overhead wires in 1883. Heading into darkness, on January 23, 1960, the Trieste lowered 7 miles beneath the surface to the deepest point on earth in the Marianas Trench.

Alfred shows how modern genetics was impacted when Mendel first read a paper on February 8, 1865.  A few years later in 1887,  Mach explained the idea of supersonic flow. In essence, shock waves form at supersonic speeds.

He researched the history of the steam powered engine by documenting that Thomas Newcomen invented a prototype on February 24, 1664.  Years later, the inventor Alessandro Volta created the wet cell battery on March 20, 1800.

Modern medicine was hugely impacted when Robert Koch discovered the TB bacillus on March 24, 1882.  A few years later,  Felix Hoffman invented aspirin on March 6, 1899, according to Alfred.

Mad Science  is an important work for scientists, students, teachers, geeks, non-geeks, journalists and a wide constituency of readers everywhere.

The presentation is interesting and engaging. In addition, this work could be employed by journalists for fact-checking purposes.

The book is well written and concise. The contents could usefully serve student projects.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.