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A Brief History of Science

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From the gnomons and sundials of ancient times to the 26-kilometer underground particle accelerator of the twenty-first century, this fascinating and enlightening volume by mathematician and anthropologist Thomas Crump shows how science has continually redefined the world's horizons, extended the frontiers of knowledge, and advanced human civilization. With sixteen pages o ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published November 13th 2002 by Running Press (first published January 28th 2001)
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Florin Pitea
Sep 20, 2016 Florin Pitea rated it really liked it
Interesting reading, excellent writing, a touch of British humour here and there. Recommended.
Robert Kaufman
Dec 23, 2012 Robert Kaufman rated it it was amazing
Great book. Takes us from earliest scientific footsteps to modern times. Fun exploration.
Jul 03, 2009 Allysa is currently reading it
So far really good! I want to become a Medicinal Chemist, so this is a good jump start! I usually read Fictional, Mystery, or Sci-Fi. Don't even think about reading this if you don't like science.
Chris Dudding
Aug 26, 2013 Chris Dudding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Accessible, entertaining, broad-ranging yet comprehensive one-volume overview of the history of scientific progress from ancient times to its flowering over the past several centuries. The emphasis of the book is on physics and the "hard" sciences leading to our understanding of the underlying workings of the universe -- think Newton, Joule, and Bohr, and not so much Darwin, Watson, and Salk. From the discoveries of the various elements to the counterintuitive interactions of subatomic particles ...more
Another fine "A Brief history". Science was not a particularly good subject for me at school and many any years later is still something that dazzles me with it's complexity. This is probably gone as close to making me understand some of it and their were plenty of fascinating characters along the way.
Matt Walters
Jan 09, 2013 Matt Walters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable, informative meander through the history of modern science. A bit fragmented and rather opinionated, but neither quality detracts from it. Pulls a thread through the development of schools of thought, sciences, maths and our understanding of the world around us by explaining the progression of the tools of scientists and experimenters - a very enlightening perspective.
Simon Clare
Feb 19, 2014 Simon Clare rated it liked it
Very comprehensive and deeper than any general science book I'd read before. Not very well edited - too many typos and repetition between chapters to recommend as a serious work of literature but it did the job and I learned a lot.
Jan 07, 2013 Jean rated it liked it
Crump can be a little dry-unless he is writing about astronomy. In that, he covers a lot of interesting material. Anyone who is curious science in general would enjoy this work.
Matt Jarvis
I liked this a lot for the broad overview of science and a look at the instruments and devices that have been developed over the years. Quite an enjoyable read. :)
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Sections of the book can be difficult to read. I liked that it covered science history from ancient Rome and Greece until now.
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Thomas Crump, born into a family of authors, published his first book in 1963. In the course of more than 40 years spent mainly as an academic, Thomas Crump has published many books. Since retirement in 1994 he has extended his range to write new books about history, science and medicine.
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