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The Great Scientists: From Euclid to Stephen Hawking

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The Great Scientists is a lavishly-illustrated collection of essays, each devoted to one of history's greatest scientists.

From the Greek mathematicians Euclid and Archimedes, whose work is even now required reading, to the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, the greatest practitioners from a wide range of scientific disciplines are represented here. Each essay gives a b
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published April 24th 2007 (first published August 1st 2005)
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Arminius
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book gives a nice description of the great scientists from ancient to current times. Author John Farndon breaks down the scientists into time periods. These periods include the ancients, middle ages, the Renaissance, the 17thC, 18C, 19thC and 20th C. So, I am going to just feature one scientist from each time period.

The Ancients:

Archimedes (207-212 BC):

Archimedes greatest discovery was the principle of buoyancy. An object will float when its weight is exactly equal to the up thrust of the d
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Tiffany
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an awesome book! Chronologically listed, amazing, life altering, scientific discoveries and the really interesting biographical information of the deepest thinkers of human history. Short and succinct, entertaining and informative. A definite keeper, to be re-read.
Peter
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Curiosity is what pushes the human race forward. "The Great Scientists" is an informative book with short biographies of many scientists written by John Farndon. "The Great Scientists" contains the element of characterization. At the beginning of each scientist's section, there is a quick description about them. Anton Von Leeuwenhoek's introduction starts as follows, "...was one of the most unassuming scientists who ever lived, spending all of his long life in Deft, where he was a draper," on p ...more
John Holliday
Aug 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This string of micro-biographies describes the most important scientific discoveries in history. It has excellent photos, drawings and paintings that really add to the experience. By putting them in chronological order, this book does what a show like Nova cannot; it puts all these accomplishments in their historical perspective. Also it is fun to learn some of the personal stories of the scientists.
I enjoyed reading Euclid’s proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. I was surprised that it was not u
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Sahl
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For whom who are fascinated by science, this book gives you power and energy.
As the writer is following a chronological order to list the scientists, you will see how the science is growing century after century and year after year, until today where it's growing minute after minute and second after second.
Marcel
Sep 25, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this "bathroom book" very much. Here, in a single, short volume, is what everyone should know about each of the world's greatest scientists, together with colorful pictures and interesting asides about each man or woman.
Matt
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book. It was fun to be exposed to some of these scientists, some I have heard of many I hadn't. Very educational and inspiring. Also neat to see the different backgrounds of the scientists.
Jori Richardson
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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A great collection of history's greatest scientific minds, with 2 - 5 pages devoted to each. Brief and general, but a fascinating read, complete with plenty of visual aides, which I always love in non-fiction.
The Matriarch Ling
I enjoyed glimpses of how they started and what shaaped them. Very interesting.
PWRL
Oct 05, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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John Farndon is an internationally known author, as well as a playwright, composer and songwriter, whose work has been performed at such theatres as the Donmar and Almeida in London and the Salisbury Playhouse and selected for showcases, such as Beyond the Gate.

He has written hundreds of books, which have sold millions of copies around the world in most major languages and include many best-seller
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