'A spectacularly fine and successful work of its kind. It is based on vast learning. It communicates scientific problems and investigations with command, clarity, expertise, and unflagging energy. I found it a deeply absorbing read. Certain narrative passages are quite brilliant. Gribbin knows how to make science come alive, without hype or melodrama. This is partly because he is a past-master of the thumbnail-sketch biography. So many scientists here come alive! I know no other up-to-date single-volume history of science of this kind. I feel sure it will have a wide and enthusiastic general-reader audience' - Roy PorterFrom the Publisher:
From our first realization that Earth was not the centre of the cosmos and that human beings are just one species of animal among many, to the Big Bang theory and the sub-microscopic study of the molecules that make us human, the incredible discoveries and inventions of scientists over the past 450 years have changed the way we see the universe - and ourselves. In this book, John Gribbin tells the story of the people who made science and the turbulent times they lived in. As well as famous figures such as Copernicus, Darwin and Einstein, there are also the obscure, the eccentric, even the mad. This diverse cast includes, among others, Andreas Vesalius, landmark 16th-century anatomist and secret grave-robber; the flamboyant Galileo, accused of heresy for his ideas; the obsessive, competitive Newton, who wrote his rivals out of the history books; Gregor Mendel, the Moravian monk who founded modern genetics; and Louis Agassiz, so determined to prove the existence of ice ages that he marched his colleagues up a mountain to show them the evidence. Although we tend to think of science in terms of unique geniuses, here John Gribbin shows that more often it involves ordinary people building step by step on the progress of previous generations - not out of lust for glory, but to satisfy their own intense curiosity about how the world works.
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Descripción Allen Lane, 2002. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: This title begins with Galileo and takes the reader through to the scientific developments of string theory. It is an accessible narrative history, focusing on the way in which science has progressed by building on what went before, and also on the very close relationship between the progress of science and improved technology. Nº de ref. de la librería ABE_book_new_0713995033
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Descripción Allen Lane, 2002. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0713995033