The Story of Science

The Story of Science

From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393243260
Characteristics: xx, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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ryner
Nov 01, 2017

'The Story of Science' or 'The Story of Western Science' -- editions have varying titles -- is a collection of science's "big ideas," from the ancient Greeks and Egyptians speculating on medicine and the heavens to modern theories of relativity and chaos. An idea or discovery is explained in each chapter, along with some history and its reception by the scientific community, followed by recommendations for further reading, including links to relevant pieces of the original writings viewable the author's website.

Although we think of them as fairly disparate areas of study today, it's quite interesting to consider how entwined science is with philosophy, to the extent that science actually has its origins in philosophy. Overall, I found this book to be somewhat of a let-down. Factually, it was adequate, but the information was rolled out in a surprisingly dry manner. My eyes began to glaze over when topics surrounding quantum physics were introduced, but to be fair that might have happened anyway.

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hizlambo
Jan 23, 2017

Author makes various biased generalized sweeping statements and ignores/twists historical facts.

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