On The Shoulders Of Giants

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Running Press, Dec 25, 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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User Review  - psiloiordinary - LibraryThing

Exactly what it says on the tin. A quick slice of history followed by a seminal and historic work by the chap you have just learned a little about. A fascinating flick through but hard work if you want to do more than that. Read full review

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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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