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The History of Science and Technology: A Browser's Guide to the Great Discoveries, Inventions, and the People Who MadeThem from the Dawn of Time to Today

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In this age of genetic engineering and global warming, it is more important than ever to understand the history and current trends of science and technology. With so much information out there, though, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where The History of Science and Technology — the most comprehensive and up-to-date chronology of its kind -- comes in. From the first stone tools to the first robot surgery, this easy-to-read, handy reference book offers more than seven thousand concise entries organized within ten major historical periods and categorized by subject, such as archaeology, biology, computers, food and agriculture, medicine and health, materials, and transportation. You can follow the world’s scientific and technological feats forward or backward, year by year, and subject by subject. Under 8400 BCE Construction, you will discover that the oldest known wall was built in Jericho. Jump to 1454 Communication and you will learn about Johann Gutenberg’s invention of movable type. Take an even larger leap to 2002 Computers and find out about the invention of the Earth Simulator, a Japanese supercomputer.

The History of Science and Technology answers all the what, when, why, and how questions about our world’s greatest discoveries and inventions: How are bridges built? When were bifocal eyeglasses invented and by whom? What medical discovery led to the introduction of sterilization, vaccines, and antibiotics? What is the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) process, and why is it one of the pillars of the biotechnology revolution? Not only can you discover how our world came to be and how it works, but with cross-referenced entries you can also trace many intricate and exciting connections across time.

Highly browsable yet richly detailed, expertly researched and indexed, The History of Science and Technology is the perfect desktop reference for both the science novice and the technologically advanced reader alike.

784 pages, Hardcover

First published April 16, 2004

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Bryan Bunch

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BRYAN BUNCH got his B.A. in English (more writing than literature) and taught high-school English and wrote poetry for a year after graduation, then started work in New York publishing as a copyeditor. Shortly after it appeared that the U.S. might lose the space race to the Soviet Union, he returned to his early love of mathematics and began graduate studies, specializing in foundations and logic. This led to changing from reference books to el-high textbooks as a mathematics editor. During 20 years in the textbook field, he also headed the math and science departments, ending his career as editor-in-chief. When he left textbook editing to become a consultant and freelance editor, he left behind with the trade division of his company a proposal for a book, which became published as Mathematical Fallacies and Paradoxes (still in print in a Dover edition). Joining The Hudson Group of writers led to freelance work on reference books. Bryan soon started Scientific Publishing, Inc., devoted to using computers in publishing (the PC was brand new at the time; he bought the first one produced by IBM as soon as it was available) and focusing on current science, science history, and medicine. Bryan ran scientific publishing for 25 years before retiring--to a degree, as he continues to write.

201? Figures among the Stars (YA novel about adventures of young Archimedes and his friends)
2004 The History of Science and Technology, Houghton-Mifflin (with Alexander
Hellemans); also available in leather-bound Easton Press edition and a Kindle edition.
2003 Discover Science Almanac, Hyperion (with Jenny Tesar)
2001 Blackbirch Encyclopedia of Science and Invention, Blackbirch Press (with Jenny Tesar).
2000 Penguin Desk Encyclopedia of Science and Mathematics, Penguin U.S.A. (with Jenny Tesar--named by AAAS Science Books as one of the three best science reference books of the year)
2000 The Kingdom of Infinite Number: A Field Guide, W.H. Freeman (Natural Science Book Club selection; New York Public Library 2001 Books for Teen Age List), also available for Kindle
1998 Satellites and Probes (with Clint Hachett; vol. 12 of Outer Space), Grolier. Highly recommended by Book Report November/December 1998.
1998 Family Encyclopedia of Disease, W. H. Freeman (Editor).
1997 Mathematical Fallacies and Paradoxes, Dover Publications (paperbound)
1996 The Globe Junior High School Science Series, New Revised Edition, Globe Book Company (Senior Author).
Handbook of Current Science and Technology (Gale Research).
1994 Handbook of Current Health and Medicine (Gale Research).
1993 The Timetables of Technology (with Alexander Hellemans), Simon and Schuster; also available as a CD ROM in 1997.
1992 The Henry Holt Handbook of Current Science and Technology, Henry Holt and Company; listed by Library Journal as one of the best science books of 1992 and by the American Librarians Association among the best reference sources of 1992.
1991 The Timetables of Science, new, updated edition (with Alexander Hellemans), Touchstone Books (Library of Science Book Club, Quality Paperback Book Club)
1990 Excel in Graphing Level H (with Margaret Hill), Modern Curriculum Press.
1989 Reality's Mirror: Exploring the Mathematics of Symmetry, John Wiley; listed by Library Journal as one of the best science books of 1989; also published in Japan in Japanese.
1988 The Timetables of Science (with Alexander Hellemans), Simon and Schuster; also published in England, in Germany (in German), in Japan (in Japanese), and Romania (in Rumanian).
1986 The Globe Junior High School Science Series, Globe Book Company (Senior Author).
1985 Harper & Row Elementary Mathematics, Grades K 8, Macmillan McGraw (Co author).
1984 The Science Almanac, Doubleday
1984 A Practical Herb Garden (with recipes), TAB Books.
1983 Algebra One, McDougal, Littell (Co author). Fun with Math, World Book Childcraft.
1982 Mathematical Fallacies and Paradoxes, Van Nostrand Reinhold

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