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ScienceThe book accomplishes the seemingly impossible task of introducing readers to what every student knows (or should) about modern science—the “textbook” histories of many of the most important developments in physics, biology, chemistry, and technology of the last 300 years—while at the same time using considerable historical and theoretical sophistication to bring out the complexities and ambiguities that undercut these myths. . . . Attractively illustrated and easy to use, the book explains difficult scientific and philosophical issues in brief and often surprisingly clear terms. . . . The field of history of science has been calling out for a book just like this one. Making Modern Science will be a great help in introductory courses and will provide important background for advanced courses. . . . Bowler and Morus’s account will reward scientists who wish to see the history of their own field from a new and provocative perspective; students and teachers in need of a reliable introduction or a rapid brush-up; and readers with a general interest in the people, institutions, and concepts that have made science such a central aspect. . . . A timely, informative, challenging, and very welcome achievement.
— John Tresch