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    DescriptionScience 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 & 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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    Title
    A Little History of Science
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William F. Bynum
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 322 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780300197136
    ISBN 10: 0300197136
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCP
    BIC subject category V2: PDX, PDZ
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    LC classification: Q
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Abridged Dewey: 509
    B&T Approval Code: A50120000
    DC22: 509
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    DC23: 509
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    40 black-&-white illustrations
    Publisher
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    10 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    William Bynum is Emeritus Professor of the History of Medicine, UCL, 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.
    Review quote
    "'This freshest entry in Yale's youngster-friendly Little History series covers science from Babylonian astronomy to the Human Genome Project and the Higgs Boson, in a series of lucid short chapters' (Steven Poole, The Guardian) 'This is a thoughtful, elegantly presented volume with the younger reader in mind, although it's an inspiring reminder to anyone of our extraordinary journey from ignorance to knowledge.' (Dallas Campbell, BBC Focus) 'Beginning with the Babylonians and ending with the World Wide Web, Bynum manages to squeeze in nearly every essential scientific idea and discovery while also discussing most major disciplines... I happily confess I learned a lot.' (Andrew Robinson, New Scientist)"