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All over the globe, in every field, scientists have used experimental methods to explore and verify theories ranging from evolution to general relativity. Beginning with the Ancients, through the pioneers of the Scientific Revolution, to the remarkable and increasingly specialized scientists of the modern era, they have inspired legions of followers, generated wonder and fear alike, and many have made discoveries that changed the course of history. This is a guide, in bite-sized chunks, to the life and work of more than 100 of the world's greatest scientists.
Meredith MacArdle is a writer and editor living in London. She wrote the timechart sections of the Ponderables series of books on science: The Elements, The Universe, Physics and Mathematics, and is the author of The Timeline History of China and The Timeline History of the Middle Ages among other books.
Nicola Chalton has written and contributed to several non-fiction books, including a series on the history of science and philosophy (Philosophers: They Changed the World and Scientists: They Changed the World). She writes historical and biographical features, and is currently writing a book about Victorian Whitby.