The Story of Science: Power, Proof, Passion

The Story of Science: Power, Proof, Passion

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The story of science is often told as a series of flashes of brilliance-those famous eureka moments. But the truth is that rivalry, power, influence and sheer blind chance have played equally significant roles. In this compelling history of science from ancient times to the present day, the authors trace the breakthroughs in every area of science, explaining the pioneering theories and showing how the discoveries were powerfully shaped both by the world outside the laboratories, and by the personalities of the scientists themselves - their ambition, courage and fears. The authors show us that great science happens when brilliant minds-including Aristarchus, Pythagoras, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton and Einstein-collide with new discoveries and tools at specific points in history. Filled with illuminating graphics, including key experiments, "The Story of Science" challenges easy assumptions about scientific progress and provides a behind-the-scenes look at how science really works.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 195.58 x 248.92 x 30.48mm | 1,133.98g
  • Octopus Publishing Group
  • MITCHELL BEAZLEY
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations, colour illustrations, frontispiece
  • 1845335805
  • 9781845335809
  • 1,204,342

About Michael Mosley

Michael Mosley's background is fascinatingly diverse. After studying politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford University, he worked for two years as a banker in the City of London. He then left to study medicine, before becoming a producer and presenter of science programmes for the BBC. Following his work on an award-winning documentary first broadcast in 1994, which revealed a proposed link between Helicobacter pylori and gastric ulcers, the British Medical Association gave Michael a gold award and the title of Medical Journalist of the Year. John Lynch, the Head of Science at the BBC, is an award-winning producer, director and author. As a producer and director he made several television series, covering everything from the eruption of Mount St Helens to the Nobel prize-winning discovery of buckminsterfullerene and the dinosaur-hunting expeditions in the Gobi Desert. He was the executive producer of the BBC's international hit 'Walking With Dinosaurs', netting a BAFTA and an Emmy in the process. He has also written the books Wild Weather, Walking With Cavemen and Earth: The Power Of The Planet, which accompanied their respective BBC television series.show more