A Little History of Science

A Little History of Science

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By (author) William F. Bynum

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  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 218mm x 28mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 6 November 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New Haven
  • ISBN 10: 0300136595
  • ISBN 13: 9780300136593
  • Illustrations note: 40 b/w illus.
  • Sales rank: 74,763

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Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world - or themselves - in an entirely new way. This inviting book tells a great adventure story: the history of science. It takes readers to the stars through the telescope, as the sun replaces the earth at the centre of our universe. It delves beneath the surface of the planet, charts the evolution of chemistry's periodic table, introduces the physics that explain electricity, gravity, and the structure of atoms. It recounts the scientific quest that revealed the DNA molecule and opened unimagined new vistas for exploration. Emphasizing surprising and personal stories of scientists both famous and unsung, "A Little History of Science" traces the march of science through the centuries. The book opens a window on the exciting and unpredictable nature of scientific activity and describes the uproar that may ensue when scientific findings challenge established ideas. With delightful illustrations and a warm, accessible style, this is a volume for young and old to treasure together.

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Author information

William F. Bynum is Emeritus, Wellcome Institute for History of Medicine, UCL, London, and specializes in the history of malaria and the impact of evolutionary ideas on medicine. Among his publications are A Dictionary of the History of Science (1981), Science and the Practice of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century (1994), The Oxford Dictionary of Scientific Quotations (2005) and Dictionary of Medical Biography (5 vols., 2007). His research also closely covers Darwin.

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'Science is not a dry recitation of data; it's thousands of years of questions that people have posed about the universe. In "A Little History of Science," William Bynum ably distills this human saga into a delightfully clear tale. It may be little, but it manages to find room for galaxies, computers, chemistry, evolution and much more.'--Carl Zimmer, author of "A Planet of Viruses"--Carl Zimmer