Science: A History
From award-winning science writer John Gribbin, Science: A History is the enthralling story of the men and women who changed the way we see the world, and the turbulent times they lived in.
From Galileo, tried by the Inquisition for his ideas, to Newton, who wrote his rivals out of the history books; from Marie Curie, forced to work apart from male students for fear she might excite them, to Louis Agassiz, who marched his colleagues up a mountain to prove that the ice ages had occurred.
Filled with pioneers, visionaries, eccentrics and madmen, this is the history of science as it has never been told before.
'Gripping and entertaining ... Wonderfully and pleasurably accessible'
'Tremendous ... moves me to bestow a reviewer's clich I long ago vowed never to use: a tour de force'
'A magnificent history ... enormously entertaining'
'A splendid book ... demolishes innumerable myths and exposes the factual roots of some of science's well known tales (for example, Galileo never dropped weights of different sizes from Pisa's leaning tower)'
'We experience his subjects' triumphs and failures as if we knew them personally ... I found myself whizzing through the pages'
John Gribbin is one of today's greatest writers of popular science and the author of bestselling books, including In Search of Schr dinger's Cat, Stardust, Science: A History and In Search of the Multiverse. Gribbin trained as an astrophysicist at Cambridge University and is currently Visiting Fellow in Astronomy at the University of Sussex.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - neurodrew - LibraryThing
John Gribbin writes excellent narrative history, with an eye for the entertaining anecdote, but also in a well-organized and comprehensive fashion, covering physics, biology, chemistry and geology equally well. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - psiloiordinary - LibraryThing
A great introduction to the topic which concentrates on the people and their lives and only gives a brief insight into the science itself. Very easy to read and with many entertaining anecdotes and ... Read full review