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A Brief History of Science
by Thomas Crump
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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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.
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.
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.More about Thomas Crump...