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Science: A History

By John Gribbin

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Format: Paperback, 672 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 07 August 2003
This text tells the story of the people who made science and the turbulent times they live in. As well as famous figures such as Copernicus, Darwin and Einstein, there are also the obscure, the eccentric and even the mad. This diverse cast includes, among others: Andreas Vesalius, anatomist and secret grave-robber; the flamboyant Galileo, accused of heresy for his ideas; the obsessive, competitive Newton, who wrote his rivals out of the history books; Gregor Mendel, the Moravian monk who founded modern genetics; and Louis Agassiz, who was so determined to prove the existence of ice ages that he marched his colleagues up a mountain to show them the evidence.

About the Author

John Gribbin is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books, including In Search of Schrodinger's Cat, Stardust and Deep Simplicity. He is famous to his many fans for making complex ideas simple, and says that his aim in his writing - much of it done with his wife, Mary Gribbin - is to share with his readers his sense of wonder at the strangeness of the universe. John Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.

EAN: 9780140297416
ISBN: 0140297413
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.9 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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A great book, perhaps the best general history of science yet. Gribbin writes easily about his topic, so the book is very easy to read. And as well as writing about the ideas that shaped science he also writes about the people themselves, providing interesting information about their lives as well (the unfortunate Lavoisier is particularly noteworthy). And he not only covers the more famous scientists and the more famous ideas (very well too), he also writes about the more obscure thinkers and ideas that didn't quite "make it". An truly excellent history.

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