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From the Publisher“Deeply satisfying…. A remarkably thorough survey of scientific knowledge and advances throughout the 20th century.”
—The Washington Post Book World
“Lightman’s essays on each [great discovery] are entertaining, revealing and absolutely essential.”
“An intriguing mix of the famous and the unfamiliar…. Lightman weaves in biographical sketches of the scientists while deftly unpacking the lines of thought in their breakthrough papers.”
—The Boston Globe
“Sparks curiosity as to what new doors will soon open – and awe as to how far science has come.”
—San Francisco Chronicle
Praise for Alan Lightman and A Sense of the Mysterious:
"[Lightman’s] love and respect for both science and art permeate these luminous essays."
—The Globe and Mail
"There is no better gift for a young, aspiring scientist than this little book of 11 essays, or for that matter for any nonscientist who wants to know what it feels like to be a scientist . . . [Lightman] is a scientist who is a humanist in the noblest sense of the word."
—The Los Angeles Times Book Review