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Scientifica Historica: How the world's great science books chart the history of knowledge

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Scientifica Historica is an illustrated, essay-based review of those books that marked the development of science from ancient civilizations to the new millennium.

The book is divided into five eras and explores the leading scientific pioneers, discoveries and books within them:


Ancient World – looks at the beginnings of language, plus the first ever scientific documents produced and translated

Renaissance in/>Renaissance/>Ancient
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Ivy Press
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Dee Arr
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, reference
“Scientifica Historica” is different than most books. Rather than present scientific topics and present new information or debate old theories, this book presents what the author believes to be the most important written documents, stretching back to ancient times to modern day publications.

The book begins with Ancient World (Laying the Foundations) where we are introduced to some of the earliest writings. Author Brian Clegg is generous, providing pictures of many of these “documents
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Sid Nuncius
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like Scientifica Historica very much. I studied History and Philosophy of science as an undergraduate many years ago and have maintained an interest in it, so this is an area I’m familiar with in an amateur sort of way – and am pleased (and slightly smug) at the number of books discussed by Brian Clegg that I have actually read.

The first thing to say is that the book is beautiful. The illustrations are lavish and inspiring much of the time – especially for me, seeing original scrip
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Maxine
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
In Scientifica Historica, author Brian Clegg gives short histories of the people of science through the books they have written. He begins by showing the first known cases of writing starting with clay tablets and up through papyrus, scrolls and eventually the printing press because, of course, without these, scientists couldn't record their thoughts. He starts his histories of scientists with Aristotle and ends with modern science books meant for wide audiences. He gives a bit about their scien ...more
Sara Martins
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science, favorites
This book was excellent!
The writing was exquisite, and allows readers of all backgrounds to understand and to be continuously engaged, while still providing tons of information!
The book is divided in 5 temporal sections, where Clegg takes us into the history of science, not discounting one topic or the other, with complex explanations that make it clear and interesting for people with an history background, a science background (like me!) or some other background all together. It gives us
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David Morley
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although I have not seen a physical copy of this book, it is clear it is a beautiful object, richly and generously illustrated with images of classic scientific texts, as well as pages from, and covers of, more modern works. I may as well tell you, up front, that I will probably not be able to resist buying my own copy.

This is a book that is based on the simple notion than mankind’s most fundamental achievement has been the invention of writing. While it may very well have had its or
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Steve
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Brief, interesting look at the history of science

I enjoyed this book, as it is a concise overview of the history of science presented in a unique way, through the use of books that were written on important topics. The book was especially good when discussing times before scientific journals, when information was disseminated through books. However, I felt the discussion of popular science books to be weaker, with a distinct lack of books on chemistry. The popular science chemistry b
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Rebecca
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was excellent, clear and very well laid out. It charts the development of scientific knowledge through the books published on the subject, A good clear book with lots of interesting pictures that would be excellent topic or conversation starters.
Doris Raines
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I LIKE THIS BOOK.
Alexandra
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Many images of texts and other objects to go along with the text. It is focused on the text but the images to do help. Names, books, and topics are introduced to the reader - like Aristotle, David Wooten, maps, animals, absence of women, and others.
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Brian's latest books, Ten Billion Tomorrows and How Many Moons does the Earth Have are now available to pre-order. He has written a range of other science titles, including the bestselling Inflight Science, The God Effect, Before the Big Bang, A Brief History of Infinity, Build Your Own Time Machine and Dice World.

Along with appearances at the Royal Institution in London he has spoken
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