A Little History of Science

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Yale University Press, Nov 6, 2012 - History - 263 pages
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Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world—or themselves—in an entirely new way.

This inviting book tells a great adventure story: the history of science. It takes readers to the stars through the telescope, as the sun replaces the earth at the center of our universe. It delves beneath the surface of the planet, charts the evolution of chemistry's periodic table, introduces the physics that explain electricity, gravity, and the structure of atoms. It recounts the scientific quest that revealed the DNA molecule and opened unimagined new vistas for exploration.

Emphasizing surprising and personal stories of scientists both famous and unsung, A Little History of Science traces the march of science through the centuries. The book opens a window on the exciting and unpredictable nature of scientific activity and describes the uproar that may ensue when scientific findings challenge established ideas. With delightful illustrations and a warm, accessible style, this is a volume for young and old to treasure together.

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User Review  - Sam E - Goodreads

I loved this book. It traced the progressions made in the scientific field through history, in a very well written way. It was a fun read that left me baffled many times as to how the ancients, with ... Read full review

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Bynum, W. (2012). A little history of science. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. In 1838, #ThomasMalthus wrote in his Essay on the #PrincipleofPopulation that the poor marry too early, have too many children and cannot take care of them. Times haven't changed that much then. Read full review

Contents

In the Beginning
1
Atoms and the Void
14
Aristotle
24
Galen
30
Out of the Darkness
39
Uncovering the Human Body
50
Where is the Centre of the Universe?
56
Galileo
62
The History of Our Planet
139
The Greatest Show on Earth
146
Little Boxes of Life
154
Coughs Sneezes and Diseases
161
Engines and Energy
169
Tabling the Elements
175
3O Into the Atom
182
Radioactivity
189

Harvey
68
Bacon and Descartes
74
The New Chemistry
81
Newton
87
Bright Sparks
94
The Clockwork Universe
100
Ordering the World
107
2O Airs and Gases
113
Tiny Pieces of Matter
120
Forces Fields and Magnetism
127
Digging Up Dinosaurs
133
Einstein
196
Moving Continents
203
What Do We Inherit?
209
Where Did We Come From?
217
Wonder Drugs
224
Building Blocks
231
The Human Genome Project
237
The Big Bang
243
4O Science in Our Digital Age
251
Index
257
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William Bynum is professor emeritus, history of medicine, University College London. He is author or editor of numerous publications, including most recently Great Discoveries in Medicine. He lives in Suffolk, UK.

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