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Author Gribbin, John, 1946-

Title The scientists : a history of science told through the lives of its greatest inventors / John Gribbin.

Publication Info. New York : Random House, 2004.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 North Suburban PLD Loves Park Adult Non-Fiction - NSLY-11  509 GRI    AVAILABLE
Description xxii, 646 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
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Summary This tells the story of the people who have made science, and of the times in which they lived and worked. Gribbin begins with Copernicus, during the Renaissance, when science replaced mysticism as a means of explaining the workings of the world, and he continues through the centuries, creating an unbroken genealogy of not only the greatest but also the more obscure names of Western science, a dot-to-dot line linking amateur to genius, and accidental discovery to brilliant deduction.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Out of the dark ages -- Renaissance men ; Last mystics ; First scientists -- 2. Founding fathers -- Science finds its feet ; Newtonian revolution ; Expanding horizons -- 3. Enlightenment -- Enlightened science I : chemistry catches up ; Enlightened science II : progress on all fronts -- 4. Big picture -- Darwinian revolution ; Atoms and molecules ; Let there be light ; Last hurrah! of classical science -- 5. Modern times -- Inner space ; Realm of life ; Outer space -- Coda : Pleasure of finding things out.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 617-623) and index.
Subject Scientists -- Biography.
Science -- History.
ISBN 0812967887 paperback

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