A Little History of Science
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A Little History of Science

by William Bynum
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300136595

ISBN-13: 9780300136593

Pub. Date: 11/06/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

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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 center 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300136593
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/06/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

1 In the Beginning 1

2 Needles and Numbers 6

3 Atoms and the Void 14

4 The Father of Medicine: Hippocrates 19

5 'The Master of Those Who Know': Aristotle 24

6 The Emperor's Doctor: Galen 30

7 Science in Islam 35

8 Out of the Darkness 39

9 Searching for the Philosopher's Stone 44

10 Uncovering the Human Body 50

11 Where is the Centre of the Universe? 56

12 Leaning Towers and Telescopes: Galileo 62

13 Round and Round: Harvey 68

14 Knowledge is Power: Bacon and Descartes 74

15 The 'New Chemistry' 81

16 What Goes Up …: Newton 87

17 Bright Sparks 94

18 The Clockwork Universe 100

19 Ordering the World 107

20 Airs and Gases 113

21 Tiny Pieces of Matter 120

22 Forces, Fields and Magnetism 127

23 Digging Up Dinosaurs 133

24 The History of Our Planet 139

25 The Greatest Show on Earth 146

26 Little Boxes of Life 154

27 Coughs, Sneezes and Diseases 161

28 Engines and Energy 169

29 Tabling the Elements 175

30 Into the Atom 182

31 Radioactivity 189

32 The Game-Changer: Einstein 196

33 Moving Continents 203

34 What Do We Inherit? 209

35 Where Did We Come From? 217

36 Wonder Drugs 224

37 Building Blocks 231

38 Reading 'the Book of Life': The Human Genome Project 237

39 The Big Bang 243

40 Science in Our Digital Age 251

Index 257

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