History of Science: Bolinda Beginner Guides
- Narrated by: James Adam
- Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 03-04-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
It’s an ambitious undertaking for a seven-hour audiobook, but the intelligent and discerning Johnston is able to sculpt a compelling narrative that doesn’t waste time doting on the "triumph of intellect" but instead offers a straightforward, accessible overview of the development of science and how it informs our present-day lives.
In History of Science, Sean Johnston weaves together intellectual history, philosophy, and social studies to offer a unique appraisal of scientific progress - taking us from the phenomena faced by our earliest ancestors, right up to debates surrounding climate change predictions, the rise of commercial science, and the ethics of biotechnology.
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By Palantir on 24-01-16
Historiography, not history, of science
To quote the British Society for the History of Science:
"Compellingly written... As an introduction to the historiography of science, this book is superb... a wonderfully rich volume, ideal for the newbie historian or interested layperson."
This is indeed an academic introduction to the historiography of science that seems intended for prospective historians. It is not at all a narrative history suitable for beginners. If you already know what "historiography" means, then maybe this book will interest you. If you're interested in narrative history, though, steer clear!
The performance, while mostly good, struggles with the many foreign pronunciations.