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  • The Scientists A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors
  • John Gribbin
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  • 07 October 2018
  • 9780812967883

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  1. says:

    I should preface this by saying that I love learning about science especially chemistryI wondered at the outset if I would ever finish this book because it contained over 600 pages about the history of science but I found myself turning pages much faster than expected Gribbin does a fantastic job of keeping science history interesting by intermingling fascinating tales about the lives of several prominent scientists and suabbles

  2. says:

    Phew A really great history of science starting with the 15th century and working right up to the present day Focusing on not just the scientific discoveries but the scientists themselves this gives a really human feel to the story of science We get to know a little about everyone's life from Copernicus to Einstein Also touching on

  3. says:

    I started out loving this book it gave glimpses into the men who helped form science When we approached the modern era a time when some of the scientists discussed are still alive possibly the tone changed the book stopped

  4. says:

    You'd want to get this book for your kid Along with Carl Sagan's Cosmos and both TV adaptations Because science properly taught or written about can be very exciting for a kid to learn This is the story of all its wonders told by bios of the people who invented and discovered them 400 years of science are elegan

  5. says:

    Overview books are tricky and most fail Many things have happened y'know? And a book that includes a great deal of them often turns intowell into a list of things that have happened This is why all textbooks suckSo one has to pick and choose and the choice necessarily creates a perspective You've picked up these select threads which leaves you inevitably with that picture And the trick in writing a good overview book is

  6. says:

    Magnificent tour de force on the development of science as we know itWith one big limitation which the author duly acknowledges it doesn't cover advances and breakthroughs in medical science no matter how stupendous they were If you want to see how discoveries of vaccination microbes and viruses anaesthesia etc fit into a larger context of science development you better look elsewhere Names of Jenner Pasteur Ko

  7. says:

    This book manages to accomplish the not insignificant feat of taking material which is intrinsically fascinating feeding it into a kind of death prose generating machine and regurgitating it as what feels like a single 600 page long

  8. says:

    I feel a little silly to be disappointed that a book about scientists had too much science for my enjoyment The history of science is fascinating To think of how much our knowledge has grown in just 500 years and exponentially over the past 200 It really wasn’t so long ago that most “educated” people believed the stars controlled our destiny and to protect ourselves from magic we needed to burn fellow humans to deathThe early scient

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    A history of science told in many lives each chapter focusing on one aspect of the history of science with the chapter itself being a chronologically ordered story of scientific lives In that aspect it's very much like Bell's Men Of Mathematics GR link my review not only is The Scientists structured similarly the

  10. says:

    Phew I was suffering from some serious scientific history fatigue towards the end of this bookGribbin has produced a very interesting book here The absence of the obscure characters in the history of science or the lack of detail about them was disappointing as was the strong focus on physics but even so this boo

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D he continues through the centuries creating an unbroken genealogy of not only the greatest but also the obscure names of Western science a dot to dot line linking amateur to genius and accidental discovery to brilliant deductionBy focusing on the scientists themselves Gribbin has written an anecdotal narrative enlivened with stories of personal drama success and failure A bestselling science writer with an international reputation Gribbin is among the few authors who could even attempt a. Overview books are tricky and most fail Many things have happened y know And a book that includes a great deal of them often turns intowell into a list of things that have happened This is why all textbooks suckSo one has to pick and choose and the choice necessarily creates a perspective You ve picked up these select threads which leaves you inevitably with that picture And the trick in writing a good overview book is to end up with a picture that s interesting compelling and most of all coherentI only read 100 pages of Gribbin s book and then set it down because I have this complicated reading schedule and it called for these 100 pages and then something else I ll come back to the rest later when it arrives on my mental syllabus But so far I think Gribbin is picking the right threads I like the line he draws from William Gilbert of whom I d never heard to Galileo It was neat I liked learning about Gilbert and I liked his take on Galileo He s fussy about who he chooses to mention and how much and in relation to whom else and it s working for meI look forward to getting back to this I even have hopes of bumping it up to five stars when it s all over

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Work of this magnitude Praised as “a seuence of witty information packed tales” and “a terrifi c read” by The Times upon its recent British publication The Scientists breathes new life into such venerable icons as Galileo Isaac Newton Albert Einstein and Linus Pauling as well as lesser lights whose stories have been undeservedly neglected Filled with pioneers visionaries eccentrics and madmen this is the history of science as it has never been told before From the Hardcover editi. A history of science told in many lives each chapter focusing on one aspect of the history of science with the chapter itself being a chronologically ordered story of scientific lives In that aspect it s very much like Bell s Men Of Mathematics GR link my review not only is The Scientists structured similarly the humorous tone and fun anecdotes are similar tooHenry was painfully shy and hardly ever went out except to scientific gatherings even at these latecomers sometimes found him standing outside the door trying to pluck up enough courage to enter long after he was a respected scientist in his own right He communicated with his servants by writing them notes wherever possible and there are several stories about how on unexpectedly encountering a woman he did not know he would shield his eyes with his hand and literally run awaySince the author himself is a astrophysicist the focus is a bit on physics cosmology and astrophysics than on medicine or biology two chapters are on biology one on Lyell Darwin Wallace one on Mendel many I haven t heard of before nice Ever heard of Miescher CrickWatson only one part of a chapter is on medicine one chapter on geology the rest is physics but that is a truth of the history of science for a long time Western scientists focused on the stars and mechanics than on the human bodySome aspects I noted Science shifted from a often rich gentleman s hobby to a full time profession sometime around Darwin s life I got nostalgic for a time where you could just work your whole life for a king without having to fill out grant applications every few years but then again you d be dependent on the king s whims and mortality Plus with only a few outliers it was practically impossible for a poor person to even begin with scientific work The descriptions of Galileo s and Bruno s troubles with the church are great none of the usual martyrs for science stuff correct focus on political and theological problems here The history of scientists has weirdly enough uite a few arians in it Gribbin goes through great pain to make it clear that to become a name in the history of science it s often not some mythological personal genius but luck of being the right hard working person at the right position at the right time He often details the people who also made the important discovery at the same time as the famous discoverer made it but for some reason have been forgotten by history Fallopian tubes are called tubes even though Fallopio originally described them as brass trumpets ie tubas tubes is a mistranslation Gribbin is no fan of Newton although his discoveries were manifold and important his rather extreme personality made work for other scientists very hard and the cult of Newton s personality after Newton s death kept progress in some areas of science behind Gribbin correctly points out that Newton didn t receive the knighthood for his scientific advances but as a rather grubby bit of political opportunism by Halifax as part of his attempt to win the election of 1705 Especially towards the end this book gets dry almost as if Gribbin had a deadline coming up and slogged through writing it Dalton discovered colour blindness as he himself suffered from it Imagine making that discovery Gribbin s not a big fan of Kuhnian scientific revolutions as the structure and the afterword of this book make it clear To him scientific progress is developed essentially incremental step by stepRecommended for Scientists people interested in history or the history of science

Summary The Scientists A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors

A wonderfully readable account of scientific development over the past five hundred years focusing on the lives and achievements of individual scientists by the bestselling author of In Search of Schrödinger’s CatIn this ambitious new book John Gribbin tells the stories of the people who have made science and of the times in which they lived and worked He begins with Copernicus during the Renaissance when science replaced mysticism as a means of explaining the workings of the world an. Phew A really great history of science starting with the 15th century and working right up to the present day Focusing on not just the scientific discoveries but the scientists themselves this gives a really human feel to the story of science We get to know a little about everyone s life from Copernicus to Einstein Also touching on a bit of the classical Greek period where philosophy overlapped with science Gribbin s style of writing is comprehensive without being too much He acknowledges that he cannot fit everything in but still makes sure we know where to find information This is separated into all the differing types of science astronomy physics touching on mathematics astrophysics and I enjoyed this and even though parts of it were a bit past my intelligence to fully understand it will be good to use in future as a reference I would like to read of John Gribbin s popular science books


About the Author: John Gribbin

John R Gribbin is a British science writer an astrophysicist and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex The topical range of his prolific writings includes uantum physics biographies of famous scientists human evolution the origins of the universe climate change and global warming His also writes science fictionJohn Gribbin graduated with his bachelor's degree in phy