The scientists : a history of science told through the lives of its greatest inventors / John Gribbin
- Gribbin, John, 1946-
- New York : Random House, 2004.
- Physical Description:
- xxii, 646 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Out of the dark ages -- Renaissance men ; Last mystics ; First scientists -- 2. Founding fathers -- Science finds its feet ; Newtonian revolution ; Expanding horizons -- 3. Enlightenment -- Enlightened science I : chemistry catches up ; Enlightened science II : progress on all fronts -- 4. Big picture -- Darwinian revolution ; Atoms and molecules ; Let there be light ; Last hurrah! of classical science -- 5. Modern times -- Inner space ; Realm of life ; Outer space -- Coda : Pleasure of finding things out.
- This tells the story of the people who have made science, and of the times in which they lived and worked. Gribbin begins with Copernicus, during the Renaissance, when science replaced mysticism as a means of explaining the workings of the world, and he continues through the centuries, creating an unbroken genealogy of not only the greatest but also the more obscure names of Western science, a dot-to-dot line linking amateur to genius, and accidental discovery to brilliant deduction.
- 0812967887 (pbk.)
- Description based on surrogate.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 617-623) and index.
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