316 pages, 13 b/w illustrations
Far too often, issues based on science are decided by voters and politicians who have received their science secondhand. The Story of Science guides us back to the original texts that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves. Whether referenced individually or read together as the narrative of Western scientific development, The Story of Science's twenty-eight succinct chapters lead readers from the first science texts by Hippocrates, Plato, and Aristotle through twentieth-century classics in biology, physics, and cosmology, including works by Einstein, Schrodinger, and Dawkins. Each chapter recommends one or more classic books and provides an entertaining account of the discovery, a vivid sketch of the scientist-writer, and a clear explanation of any technical issues. The Story of Science reveals science to be a human pursuit an essential, often deeply personal, sometimes flawed, frequently brilliant way of understanding the world.
"[A]llows readers to hear the voices of history's most influential researchers [...] . A canny narrative. Ms. Bauer's guidebook exposes the underlying meaning and significance of each work, as well as its context in the overall development of science."
– Alan Hershfeld, Wall Street Journal
"A bright, informative resource for readers seeking to understand science through the eyes of the men and women who shaped its history."
– Kirkus Reviews
"An engaging compendium."
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Susan Wise Bauer is the best-selling author of the Story of the World series, The Well-Educated Mind, and The Well-Trained Mind, among other books. She lives in Virginia where she teaches at the College of William and Mary.