186 pages, no illustrations
From the Big Bang to the Theory of Everything, Sunday Telegraph Science Correspondent Robert Matthews takes us on a tour of twenty-five of the biggest ideas in modern science. Along the way, he explains how the theory that proved Einstein wrong might one day make teleportation possible; how the principles of mathematics could be used to broker peace treaties; and why the key to understanding some of the deepest mysteries of the universe could be linked to the barcode on your groceries. As Matthews explains these big ideas, he uncovers the major personalities in the history of science, from World War Two code breaker Alan Turing and his test for artificial intelligence, to modern scientists and their theories such as Richard Dawkins and the selfish gene, and Stephen Hawking and quantum mechanics. Explaining key terms throughout and featuring a timeline charting the key discoveries within each `big idea', this is a thorough and entertaining guide to the cutting edge of science as we know it for readers of all backgrounds.
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