On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy

On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy

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by Stephen Hawking
     
 

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Theoretical physicist stephen hawking illuminates the origins of modern physics and astronomy in this fascinating work. On the shoulders of giants opens with hawking's overview of five-ground breaking books that revolutionized science. And then he provides the english translations of each, so you can read these works of genius for yourself. To make these works of

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Theoretical physicist stephen hawking illuminates the origins of modern physics and astronomy in this fascinating work. On the shoulders of giants opens with hawking's overview of five-ground breaking books that revolutionized science. And then he provides the english translations of each, so you can read these works of genius for yourself. To make these works of genius even more accessible, hawking prefaces each with a captivating biographical essay that reveals the man behind the scientist. Learn about copernicus' unwavering commitment to truth, even when it pitted him against the church he professed to uphold; galileo's spirit of defiance, kepler's unusual method of keeping debtors at bay, and newton's passionate feuds. The essays bring these men alive, while the great works that follow will no doubt inspire awe. This book is a treasure for anyone interested in understanding more about the way science evolves.

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The words of the title derive from a famous passage in a letter by scientist Isaac Newton. "If I have seen further," Newton wrote, "it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, himself a renowned far-sighted thinker, has compiled an anthology of the seven great classics in astronomy and physics. To each of these masterworks, Hawking adds an introductory essay that shows how each was built on previous discoveries. In addition, the author of A Brief History of Time provides penetrating biographies of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and Einstein.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762413485
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/18/2002
Pages:
1280
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.32(h) x 2.47(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Hawking’s ability to make science understandable and compelling to a lay audience was established with the publication of his first book, A Brief History of Time, which has sold nearly 10 million copies in 40 languages. Hawking has authored or participated in the creation of numerous other popular science books, including On the Shoulders of Giants and The Illustrated On the Shoulders of Giants.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Cambridge, England
Date of Birth:
January 8, 1942
Place of Birth:
Oxford, England

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On the Shoulders of Giants: The Great Works of Physics and Astronomy 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the content, but you need to fire whomever was supposed to "proof-read" this text; I couldn't even make it two full pages in without finding multiple keystroke errors. It's not the information that's difficult to get through, but rather the sloppy editing that makes this beautiful read somewhat tedious. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
A compilation of English translations of several of history's most revolutionary books. Einstein, Coppernicus, Newton, etc. Very good, but don't expect an easy read.
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