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The cavemen did it. The ancient Mayans did it. The folks at Cal Tech, the Sorbonne, and Beijing University are still doing it. Science. Want the whole story? Here it is. The Chronology of Science offers the entire fascinating drama of exploration, discovery, invention, experimentation, hypothesis, and proof. How did the ancient Celts use Stonehenge to map the skies? When did the Arabs come up with the concept of zero? Who first observed the destructive power of germs? Where did the Internet come from?

This handy, one-volume reference offers the reader multiple ways to access the thousands of years of science history: chronologies divided into subject areas, including astronomy, biology, chemistry, ecology, mathematics, and physics; 16 feature essays on critical scientific discoveries; hundreds of biographies of key scientists from every age and continent; an extensive glossary of scientific terms; lists of the winners of major scientific prizes; a list of the most up-to-date science websites; and a lengthy bibliography.

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"Information contained in this chronology is conveniently arranged … Recommened for general readers at public and academic libraries with the proviso that some disciplines are omitted."



"This will be a valuable reference for science and history students, as well as for the casual browser who is interested in science and/or history. Recommended."


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"Chronology of Science would make a quality addition to public and academic libraries. Unlike other chronologies or dictionaries of science, it places discoveries and developments in the natural sciences within the context of their fields rather than within science or technology as a whole."


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Dissecting time periods into earliest discoveries, the medieval world, the scientific revolution, the industrializing world, and the 20th century, Rosner (historical studies, Richard Stockton College, NJ) provides timelines plus essays on aspects of astronomy, biology and medicine, chemistry, earth sciences, ecology and the environment, mathematics, and physics. Includes biographies; Web sites for general science, each field, awards, and discovery of the elements; a 93-page glossary of scientific terms; and b&w illustrations. Suitable for high school and college survey courses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576079546
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/22/2002
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 1.25 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 7.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Earliest Discoveries (30,000 B.C.-A.D. 499) 1
The Medieval World (500-1449) 28
The Scientific Revolution (1450-1749) 43
The Industrializing World (1750-1899) 95
The 20th Century (1900-2000) 197
Feature Essays
The Origins of Mathematics 10
Some Thoughts About Nought 32
Investigating the Solar System 58
The Discovery of Boyle's Law 79
Experiments to Determine the Nature of Light 85
Pioneering Experiments on the Digestive System 124
Discovering the Interior of the Earth 130
The Discovery of X-rays 195
The History of Plastics 206
A Brief Chronology of Quantum Physics 218
The Discovery of the Structure of DNA 270
The Discovery of Pulsars 284
Shades of Green Ethics and Value in Ecology 294
The Discovery of Carbon Fullerenes 318
The Quest for the Red Planet 330
The Human Genome Project 334
Biographies 353
Further Reading 397
Weblinks 403
App Nobel Prize for Chemistry 415
App Nobel Prize for Physics 420
App Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine 425
App Fields Medal for Mathematics 430
App Discovery of the Elements 431
Glossary 435
Index 529
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