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The Scientists: An Epic of Discovery 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0500251916
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“The human face of scientific breakthroughs from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries is spotlit in this sumptuously illustrated volume. Science writer Andrew Robinson, editing contributions from a stellar team of authors, groups 43 greats into six broad areas: Universe, Earth, Molecules and Matter, Inside the Atom, Life, and Body and Mind. From Alan Turing and Marie Curie to William Harvey and Chandrasekhar Venkata Raman, this is a sampler of the driven, complex, fascinating characters who fomented scientific revolutions.” (Nature)

“This excellent celebration of the evolution of science over the centuries should be of broad interest to scientists and non-scientists alike―it will also be a wonderful stimulus to young people thinking about a career in science.” (David J. Weatherall - The Lancet)

“Short biographies of scientists through the ages, from Copernicus to Watson and Crick, illustrate where new ideas and discoveries come from.” (Science News)

“An amazing book, magnificently covering the grand sweep of scientific endeavor. With each discovery, our vision shifts; the world seems renewed.” (San Francisco Book Review)

About the Author

Andrew Robinson has written more than twenty-five books on the arts and sciences. They include Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts, India: A Short History, and Earthshock, which won the Association of Earth Science Editors Outstanding Publication Award. He is also a regular contributor to magazines, such as Current World Archaeology, History Today, The Lancet, Nature, and Science. A former literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement, he was also a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500251916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500251911
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scientists welcome the task of advancing human knowledge; their curiosity drives them to continually, usually slowly and incrementally, push outward the boundaries of understanding. Occasionally some innovative thinker revolutionizes science with brilliant work that opens previously unimagined doors to new fields of inquiry. //The Scientists// gives brief biographies of the most influential leaders in the most influential fields of science, letting readers share in their wonder and delight as they try to make sense of the world. ||The book is arranged roughly chronologically within sections starting at the Universe, then continuing through Earth, Matter, the Atom, Life, and lastly Body and Mind. Readers will recognize many of the names, such as Newton, Darwin, Curie and Mendel, but may not remember what each scientist was known for, or why they were important. The brief biographies are well-written, explaining a little about the person's background, family and personal life, and then giving more detail about the discovery and its significance and impact on science, as well as its context in the greater scientific community. More difficult concepts (for example concerning quantum physics) are carefully (though very briefly) explained. This is an amazing book magnificently covering the grand sweep of scientific endeavor. With each discovery our vision shifts; the world seems renewed.
I received a copy from the San Francisco Book Review in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.
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A great book. I just love books like this. The history of great scientific discoveries is so fascinating. I think this book is a must read for anyone with the slightest bit of interest in scientific history.
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Great read. this book should required reading in all middle and high schools. Well written, and presents the facts about real scientists in an interesting and very human way. I would recommend this book to my friends, and to their kids!
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