The History of Science offers a fascinating overview of the major leaps forward in science across the ages. From the mathematical and medical advances of the ancient world, to the Scientific Revolution in the Renaissance, to the ground-breaking developments of the 20th century, a precise chronological account of progress is given.
In charting the course of the endeavours to understand, explain and harness the mysterious forces at work in our universe, Whitfield creates an accessible and lucid narrative which brings the novice up-to-speed. The writer's excitement about the vast potential of science is infectious, making this enjoyable, as well as informative, listening.
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Peter Whitfield looks at the evolution of scientific knowledge, starting with an introduction to Sir Isaac Newton's "natural philosophy" and continuing with ancient astronomy and cave paintings, genomes and psychoanalysis. He covers a lot of ground briefly and quickly. At times, his narration can be dry while at other times his lively interest in "the intellectual quest to study our world" can be heard in his voice. His measured British tones, coupled with the formality of his writing, lend authority to the historical account. While this is an overview of the basics, Whitfield's material is thorough and well researched, making it a good introduction to scientific thought as it has changed through the ages.
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