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A People's History of Science by Clifford D. Conner
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Jan 19, 2012

really liked it
Read from January 19 to July 02, 2012

A great view of the history of science that focuses on all of the non-mythic figures. Plato, Aristotle, Ptolemy, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and other science heros get pushed to the back of the story, where they actually belong.

Most of the innovations and discoveries were made by the midwives, technicians, tinkerers, and assistants, but their names were not written down, their ideas absorbed and advanced and eventually written down by those of higher status and class. We know of Galileo's story because he wrote it down. The technicians and assistants and mechanics that undergirded his work didn't write down their stories, they were too busy trying to survive.

Metal work, medicine, mining, sailing, astronomy, chemistry, engineering, all of the major branches of science and engineering are products of the minute observations and innovations of many more individuals than we are taught in history books. They get some credit here, unnamed and unknown.

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