The Story of Science

The Story of Science

Power, Proof and Passion

Book - 2010
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A guide to where science has come from and why it is so vital. It traces the breakthroughs in various areas of science since the classical times.

Blackwell Publishing
Ever since we first became aware of ourselves, we have asked questions about our existence.

Answering these questions has taken us on a journey of revelation, coincidence, imagination and insight. It is a story of soaring ambition and unparalleled achievement, of courage and of fear, of arrogance and disaster, of persistence and success. It is a story that continues to this day; it has shaped our lives and our world-it is the story of science.

Accompanying a landmark BBC television series, The Story of Science tells this tale more clearly and compellingly than ever before. Organized into six chapters, it traces the breakthroughs in every area of science from classical times to today.

The award-winning authors show us that great science happens when brilliant minds collide with new discoveries and tools at specific points in history. Without the printing press and gunpowder, the discoveries of the Renaissance could not have happened; the theory of evolution owed its existence in part to the invention of the postage stamp. These intriguing insights are summarized in unique `connections' diagrams.

We see the human face of the quest for knowledge too: the frailty and fallibility as well as the genius. Scientists have always struggled against prejudice and closed minds-sometimes their own. It takes a great deal of evidence to shift our world view.

Challenging many of our assumptions about the history of science and helping to make the most demanding theories understandable, this is the perfect guide to where science has come from and why it is so vital today.

Publisher: London : Mitchell Beazley, 2010
Description: 288 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm
ISBN: 9781845335472
Branch Call Number: 509 Mos
Additional Contributors: Lynch, John.


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