British Journal for the History of Science
"A fine synthesis, the fruit of a lifetime's study andreflection, which should prompt some readers to begin a lifetimestudy of their own."
Times Higher Education
"A superb history of the discipline."
"A magisterial survey. For anyone who has experienced thedelight of hearing Knight deliver a public lecture, reading thiswill summon up his mellifluous voice as though he were standing inthe same room."
"Replete with insight and astute synthesis. It conveys theexcitement of science and of its history."
Social History of Medicine
"Knight ably discusses the various threads in this complexstory, his description of the people and events which shaped thescientific developments are always interesting, and hisinterpretation of the philosophical and cultural changes are alwaysinsightful. Knight has a lot to offer any reader interested in howthe profession established itself as one for skilled minds ... Thisbook is well researched and well written and is to be recommendedto anyone interested in how science and scientists emerged in the20th century."
"The book is replete with insight and astute synthesis. Itconveys the excitement of science and of its history."
Social History of Medicine
"David Knight has long delighted his readers with books on thehistory of science that have been both instructive andentertaining. Here he draws on a lifetime's study to explain howscience - as a practical, intellectually challenging, and sociallydiverse activity - gained its cultural importance in the longnineteenth-century. Warmly recommended."
John Hedley Brooke, Andreas Idreos Professor Emeritus ofScience & Religion, University of Oxford
"David Knight's latest book is a glittering magnum opus in whichhe describes the professionalization of science by drawing onexamples from various disciplines. The writing is erudite, lucidand upbeat. The book is a social history, an institutional historyand an internal history all in one, and it is gratifying to seechemistry assuming a rather central position in the story."
Eric Scerri, author of The Periodic Table, Its Story and ItsSignificance
"This book is a pleasure to read: light in style, yet incisive,informative, and even profound. With a few well-chosen words Knightcan conjure up a Huxley or a Faraday, or explain the problemsscientists faced in understanding the variety of human 'races'. Hisexplanations of scientific issues go to the heart of the matter andare never weighed down with detail. I can't think of a better ormore rounded introduction to the history of nineteenth-centuryscience."
Geoffrey Cantor, University of Leeds