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The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors

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A wonderfully readable account of scientific development over the past five hundred years, focusing on the lives and achievements of individual scientists, by the bestselling author of In Search of Schrödinger’s Cat

In this ambitious new book, John Gribbin tells the stories of the people who have made science, and of the times in which they lived and worked. He begins with Co
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Hardcover, 647 pages
Published October 21st 2003 by Random House (first published 2002)
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عمر
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لا أستطيع إخفاء إعجابي بأسلوب الكاتب في عرضه لتاريخ العلم بأسلوب بسيط ومباشر يخلو من التعقيد والعجيب أن القائمين على عالم المعرفة قد كتبوا هذا الكلام في التعريف بالمؤلف (من أعظم وأشهر كتاب العلم بأسلوب روائي شائق وبسيط)، لا أريد أن أكثر من الثناء على الكتاب فالإنسان يحكم بناء على ما عنده من العلم وأنا لم أقرأ في تاريخ العلم إلا كتابًا واحدًا قبل هذا الكتاب وهو (قصة العلم) لكراوثر طبعته مكتبة الأسرة.
الكتاب جميل وأنصح به من يحب القراءة في تاريخ العلم بعيدًا عن (تعقيد) الفلسفة العلمية فهو أبسط ما ي
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 مولاي أرشيد أحمدو
يستعرض الكتاب تاريخ العلم من خلال السير الذاتية للعلماء خلال الحقبة المتوسطة، ثم خلال الحقبة الحديثة يخف الحديث قليلا عن السير الذاتية، والأمر راجع إلى أن الانجازات والاختراعات الكبرى في الحقبة الأولى كانت شبه فردية بينما خلال العصر الحديث بدأت تتكون مؤسسات وفرق علمية وبدأ يخف تأثير الفرد ليكون النشاط العلمي جماعيا أكثر وأكثر.
يبدأ الكتاب بعام 1534 وينتهي بعام 2001 ويبرر الكاتب تاريخ البداية بأنه قد صدر فيه كتابين مؤسسين ومتجاوزين للتفكير الذي كان سائدا، الكتاب الأول بيولوجي بعنوان "بنية جسم الإن
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CF
Oct 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, science
Phew! A really great history of science starting with the 15th century and working right up to the present day. Focusing on not just the scientific discoveries but the scientists themselves, this gives a really human feel to the story of science. We get to know a little about everyone's life, from Copernicus to Einstein. Also touching on a bit of the classical Greek period, where philosophy overlapped with science.

Gribbin's style of writing is comprehensive without being too much. He acknowledg
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Sandy
Jan 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I should preface this by saying that I love learning about science, especially chemistry.

I wondered at the outset if I would ever finish this book because it contained over 600 pages about the history of science, but I found myself turning pages much faster than expected. Gribbin does a fantastic job of keeping science history interesting by intermingling fascinating tales about the lives of several prominent scientists and squabbles had amongst those great thinkers. He manages to mention almost
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Blair
May 26, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out loving this book, it gave glimpses into the men who helped form science. When we approached the modern era, a time when some of the scientists discussed are still alive possibly, the tone changed... the book stopped being about the people and more only about the science. It was this change that threw me off... I suppose there is a valid reason to not continue the quirks to include something like Richard Dawkins has had a propensity to wear short shorts in public places (which I hav ...more
Mohamed Adam
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
جون جريبين فيزيائي في الأصل
ودائما ما أشعر بثقة ما في كتابات الفيزيائيين
وعادة ما يلفت انتباهي ذلك الفهم الشمولي للعالم الطبيعي عند الفيزيائيين

أيضا لديه القدرة على التبسيط بدون الاخلال
لم يدخل في التفاصيل العلمية الدقيقة
لم يستخدم المعادلات وتجنب الرياضيات رغم اني كنت احب ذلك ولكن هذا هو المناسب في هذه الحالة
اسهب كثيرا في السير الذاتية للعلماء وشغلني بقصص غير هامة في نظري وهذا عيبه الوحيد الذي وعد بعدم استمراره في الجزء الثاني من الكتاب

يجب الاشادة بشوقي جلال أحد أفضل المترجمين حقيقة

يتوقف هذا ا
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Dеnnis
Magnificent tour-de-force on the development of science as we know it.

With one big limitation, which the author duly acknowledges: it doesn't cover advances and breakthroughs in medical science, no matter how stupendous they were. If you want to see how discoveries of vaccination, microbes and viruses, anaesthesia etc... fit into a larger context of science development, you better look elsewhere. Names of Jenner, Pasteur, Koch, Flemming and multiple others are found nowhere on its pages. There y
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Philipp
Jul 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A history of science told in many lives - each chapter focusing on one aspect of the history of science, with the chapter itself being a chronologically ordered story of scientific lives. In that aspect, it's very much like Bell's Men Of Mathematics (GR link, my review), not only is The Scientists structured similarly, the humorous tone and fun anecdotes are similar too:


Henry was painfully shy and hardly ever went out except to scientific gatherings - even at these, latecomers sometimes found hi
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Abdelrahman Elshamy
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned

عملٌ قيمٌ للغاية ليس لمضمونه القوى وحسب بل هو كذلك أيضا لما فى أسلوبه من تميز واختلاف , فهو يعرض فى أسلوب تاريخى أدبى ممتع لعمرِ طويلِ من تاريخ تطور وصناعة العلم , بشكل ينال إعجاب واهتمام القارئ المتخصص وغير المتخصص على السواء.

الكتاب يولى اهتماما كبيرا بالتأكيد على أن كل ما أنجز من تطور فى العلوم هو نتاج طبيعى ومنطقى للتراكب والبناء العلمى عبر السنين , ففى رأى الكاتب أنه حتى أكثر العلماء إستثنائية فى تاريخنا ماكان ليؤثر غيابه عن عالمنا فى سلسلة تطور العلم بأكثر من تأخر بضع سنين لاتكاد تذكر , ف
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عبدالرحمن عقاب
هذا الكتاب بجزأيه هو تأريخ رائع وبديع لمسيرة العقل البشري في طريق العلم والتكنولوجيا.
ويمثل مع كتاب "برتراند راسل" المعنون (حكمة الغرب) توثيق رائع لمسيرة العقل والتفكير البشري (الغربي) . ولأنّ الثاني أغفل المسلمين والأوّل بدأ من بعدهم، فقد لزم هذه الأمّة توثيق تاريخها الفكري والعلمي بصورة مشابهة، ولعلّ سلسلة عالم المعرفة تتبنى مثل هذا المشروع .
هنالك تنبيه إلى تكرار بعض الصفحات في الجزء الأول ، وما يبدو انقطاع "واحد" في النص في الجزء الثاني.
أعود إلى الكتاب والذي أبدع كاتبه في استقصاء الأفكار وحي
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عدنان
الكتاب ليس كعنوانه:
هو يقدم-كما يقول الكاتب في مقدمته- تاريخ العلم في أوروبا، وتحديداً ابتدآءاً من عصر النهضة.

أسلوب الكاتب في سرد القصص جميل جداً، يجعلك تتصل بالعالِم المذكورة قصته بصورة أوثق، ويجعل تقبلك لأفكاره والحديث عن انجازاته العلميّة أوضح بالنسبة لك، جميل ذلك بالرغم من أسلوب الكاتب المُمل أحياناً و المُفصّل في جانبيَن:
الأول: سرد تفاصيل كثيرة جداً في حياة بعض العلماء.
الثاني: سرد تفاصيل في انجازات علميّة قَد يكون فهمها معقداً وصعباً على غير المتخصصين
كان بالامكان في هذه الحالة التبسيط برسوم
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Emma
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Phew! I was suffering from some serious scientific history fatigue towards the end of this book.

Gribbin has produced a very interesting book here. The absence of the more obscure characters in the history of science or the lack of detail about them was disappointing as was the strong focus on physics but even so this book was enjoyable. Gribbin sums up scientific discoveries and theories well and provides the reader with interesting details about well known scientific figures. There are a lot of
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David
Jan 13, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book manages to accomplish the not insignificant feat of taking material which is intrinsically fascinating, feeding it into a kind of death-prose generating machine, and regurgitating it as what feels like a single 600-page long indigestible eructation (to mix my digestive metaphors).

Shame on you, John Gribbin! In producing this ill-gotten lumpen-tour, which manages to leach all the interest out of what should be a fascinating magical mystery-tour, all you have managed to illuminate are th
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محمد علي
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب ممتع يسرد تطور العلم بطريقه دراميه دون ان تشعر باي ملل
بالنسبه لي شخصيا نزع الكتاب الهاله المقدسه حول العلم والعلماء فالعلم هو عميه تراكميه عبر اجيال مختلفه عبر فروض اغلبها يكون خاطىء يتبعها استدراك وتصحيح
اغفل الكتاب نهائيا اى ذكر لدور العلماء العرب والسلمين
Mscout
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent history of science told through the life of scientists. Gribbin has just the right touch of snark, and his own training as a scientist gives him a unique perspective.
Mohamed Yehia
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كيف تحكي قصة العلم و العلماء بشكل شيق و جذاب يمزج بين العلم و بعضا من السياسة و الحياة و الشخصية و التطور الانساني
محمد هلال
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب في غاية المتعة بأسلوبه الروائي .. يضعك أمام رؤية شامله لتطور العلم والمنهج العلمي والتجريبي في أسلوب أخاذ
Tyas
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biology
A great book about the concise history of science.
Steve
Nov 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
High 4. This exceptional work tackles such a broad subject while maintaining absolute clarity of subject matter for the general reader. The author explains his choice of starting point at 1543 as marking both landmark publications in the fields of astronomy and biology respectively of Copernicus’ ‘On the Revolution of Celestial Bodies’, and Andreas Vesalius’ ‘On the Structure of the Human Body’. Copernicus revolutionised astronomy by proposing an alternative to the geocentric Ptolemaic model of ...more
Robert Crow
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A quick-moving description of science and scientists from Out of the Dark Ages to Outer Space. Engaging personal stories about many prominent and lessor-known but important scientists. Readers are treated to a wonderful ride through history of science to today. I enjoyed it much and recommend it to those who are curious about how sciences came about and evolved.
Bo Howell
An ambitious overview of science since the middle ages. If you can make it to the end, you'll be happy you did (and happy that you're done). Mr. Gribbin's writing is crisp and precise, but at times the material is dry and it can be slightly complex.
Jonathan Robinson
Accessible yet thorough. Absolutely wonderful.
Bryan Higgs
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, physics
Just an excellent book.
Xolrax
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.3
Steve Van Slyke
Oct 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science lovers
Recommended to Steve by: Dan
Shelves: history, science, dan-s
This book is similar in some respects to Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy which takes the reader on a tour of the great philosophers from Aristotle to Kant, Locke and Voltaire. In this case the journey is from Ptolemy, Copernicus and Gallileo to Einstein and Feynman with a lot of stops in between.

At times the author delves a little deeper into the personal history of some of the scientists than was necessary for this reader. And being British and understandably writing primaril
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Kimberly
May 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, want-to-own
The Scientists is a fantastic book describing the history of Western science through the lives of many well known and even more lesser know scientists. The book is grouped chronologically into five parts, each of which is further divided into chapters by scientific discipline. I appreciated this format because it preserved the overall historical arc while organizing the development of various fields into coherent stories. The chapters are rather long and packed with information – this is definit ...more
عبدالحفيظ العمري
قسّم المؤلف عمله إلى 5 أقسام رئيسية أطلق على كل قسم اسم كتاب، وكل كتاب يشمل عدد فصول مغطيا الفترة من عام 1543م وحتى عام 2001م.
الكتاب الأول (الخروج من عصور الظلام)، فصله الأول (رجال عصر النهضة) يتحدث عن جهود كوبرنيكس حول مركزية الشمس وكتابه (عن دوران الاجسام السماوية) ويعرج على قضية برونو الذي تم إحراقه، ليفاجئنا المؤلف بقوله " كثيرا ما ذهب البعض إلى أن برونو تم حرقه بسبب دعمه لنموذج كوبرنيكس وحقيقة الأمر أنه كان بالفعل زنديقا "مهرطقا" وتم حرقه بسبب معتقداته الدينية "!
ثم يعرض المؤلف جهود عالم الت
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Ilya
Dec 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An attempt to tell the history of science from Copernicus till the present in 600 pages. A whirlwind of the scientists' names, biographies and brief explanations of the scientific work of each. A reviewer criticized Norman Davies's Europe: A History being really a history of Poland in disguise; Gribbin's book is really a history of astronomy in disguise. Much more attention is given to astronomy and physics (Gribbin is an astrophysicist by education) than to biology and medicine, and none to log ...more
Kerem Cankocak
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ünlü bilim yazarı John Gribbin, “Bilimsel Devrimler” kavramına karşı çıkar. Ona göre Bilimsel Devrimler fikri, genelde bilimsel araştırmalara hiç katılmamış sosyologlar tarafından çok tutulan bir mittir. Gribbin bilimin sabırla, yeni veriler elde edildikçe yeni modeler oluşturarak, yeni fikirlerin evrilmesiyle ilerlediğini vurgular.

Bilim Tarihi dünyayı algılayışımızı değiştiren erkek ve kadınların ve onların içerisinde yaşadıkları altüst oluş dönemlerinin büyüleyici öyküsüdür. Düşünceleri yüzünd
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Jeff Kissel
The Scientists takes a semi-biographical view of the people behind scientific progress as it covers the history of the developments from the Renaissance to the present. Since there are so many notable characters throughout science history, each can only be devoted a few paragraphs (or pages if they are more unique) and most of the biographical aspects covered are focused on areas related to their ultimate scientific contributions. As science developed and branched into more specialized areas, so ...more
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John R. Gribbin is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. The topical range of his prolific writings includes quantum physics, biographies of famous scientists, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming. His also writes science fiction.

John Gribbin graduated with his bachelor's degree in phy
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