On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy

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Stephen W. Hawking
Running Press, 2003 - Science - 1264 pages
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World-renowned physicist and bestselling author Stephen Hawking presents a revolutionary look at the momentous discoveries that changed our perception of the world with this first-ever compilation of seven classic works on physics and astronomy. His choice of landmark writings by some of the world's great thinkers traces the brilliant evolution of modern science and shows how each figure built upon the genius of his predecessors. On the Shoulders of Giants includes, in their entirety, On the Revolution of Heavenly Spheres by Nicolaus Copernicus; Principia by Sir Isaac Newton; The Principle of Relativity by Albert Einstein; Dialogues Concerning Two Sciences by Galileo Galilei with Alfonso De Salvio; plus Mystery of the Cosmos, Harmony of the World, and Rudolphine Tables by Johannes Kepler. It also includes five critical essays and a biography of each featured physicist, written by Hawking himself.
  

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User Review  - amarcobio - LibraryThing

That book was a great opportunity to read the original texts by Galileo and Copernicus, which otherwise I would never dare to read. Hawking's introductions are good as well. The illustrations, on the other hand, were dispensable. Read full review

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5 star rating..the number itself speaks of what the book is worth..really a once in a lifetime book..this book strives to bring down all the Giants of Science under a roof...
This book is a
collection of Real time papers as submitted by these Scientist to their respective Science authorities..the part involving the Einsteins work is best described in a beautiful way that is way beyond Commendable..
For the one finding interest in the World of Physics..one sentence to 'em. "If u haven't read this..u have missed out really very important thing in your life..."
 

Contents

NICOLAUS COPERNICUS
1
GALILEO GALILEI
391
Dialogues Concerning Two Sciences
399
JOHANNES KEPLER
627
Harmony of the World Book Five
635
SIR ISAAC NEWTON
725
Principia
733
ALBERT EINSTEIN
1161
Selections from The Principle of Relativity
1167
Acknowledgements
1265
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Stephen Hawking's ability to make science understandable and compelling to a lay audience was established with the publication of his first book, A Brief History of Time, which has sold nearly 10 million copies in 40 languages. Hawking has authored or participated in the creation of numerous other popular science books, including On the Shoulders of Giants and The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants.

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