The Oxford Illustrated History of Science
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The Oxford Illustrated History of Science is the first ever fully illustrated global history of science, from Aristotle to the atom bomb - and beyond.

The first part of the book tells the story of science in both East and West from antiquity to the Enlightenment: from the ancient Mediterranean world to ancient China; from the exchanges between Islamic and Christian scholars in the Middle Ages to the Chinese invention of gunpowder, paper, and the printing press; from the Scientific Revolution of sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe to the intellectual ferment of the eighteenth century.

The chapters that follow focus on the increasingly specialized story of science since end of the eighteenth century, covering experimental science in the laboratory from Michael Faraday to CERN; the exploration of nature, from intrepid Victorian explorers to twentieth century primatologists; the mapping of the universe, from the discovery of Uranus to Big Bang theory; the impact of evolutionary ideas, from Lamarck, Darwin, and Wallace to DNA; and the story of theoretical physics, from James
Clark Maxwell to Quantum Theory and beyond. A concluding chapter reflects on how scientists have communicated their work to a wider public, from the Great Exhibition of 1851 to the internet in the early twenty-first century.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 201 x 252 x 26mm | 1,122g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 93 colour illustrations; 46 black and white illustrations
  • 0199663270
  • 9780199663279
  • 490,359

Table of contents

Iwan Rhys Morus: Introduction
1: James Evans: Science in the Ancient Mediterranean World
2: Donald Harper: Science in Ancient China
3: Sonja Brentjes: Medieval Science in the West and Middle East
4: Dagmar Schaefer: Science in the Medieval East
5: John Henry: The Scientific Revolution
6: Jan Golinski: Enlightenment Science
7: Iwan Rhys Morus: Experimental Cultures
8: Amanda Rees: Exploring Nature
9: Robert Smith: Mapping the Universe
10: Peter Bowler: The Meaning of Life
11: Matthew Stanley: Theoretical Visions
12: Charlotte Sleigh: Communicating Nature
Further Reading
Index
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A fabulous series of essays from more than a dozen science historians that show science interacting with and being influenced by culture and society. Morus and company succeed in showing science as a product of human culture, not a phenomenon apart from it. Publishers Weekly
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This book is both conventional and not, sweeping yet focused, and really fun to read as both a reference source and as a piece of world history. * New Books in Science podcast * A fabulous series of essays from more than a dozen science historians that show science interacting with and being influenced by culture and society. Morus and company succeed in showing science as a product of human culture, not a phenomenon apart from it. * Publishers Weekly *
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About Iwan Rhys Morus

Iwan Rhys Morus first developed his interest in the history of science whilst studying natural sciences at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He is currently Professor of History at Aberystwyth University and is the author of a number of books in the history of science, including Frankenstein's Children (1998), When Physics Became King (2005) and Shocking Bodies (2011). He is married with three children.
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