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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William F. Bynum Narrator: Jonathan Cowley Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world—or themselves—in an entirely new way.

This inviting book tells a great adventure story: the history of science. It takes readers to the stars through the telescope, as the sun replaces the earth at the center of our universe. It delves beneath the surface of the planet, charts the evolution of chemistry’s periodic table, introduces the physics that explain electricity, gravity, and the structure of atoms. It recounts the scientific quest that revealed the DNA molecule and opened unimagined new vistas for exploration.

Emphasizing surprising and personal stories of scientists both famous and unsung, A Little History of Science traces the march of science through the centuries. The book opens a window on the exciting and unpredictable nature of scientific activity and describes the uproar that may ensue when scientific findings challenge established ideas. With delightful illustrations and a warm, accessible style, this is a volume for young and old to treasure together.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bynum’s lively narrative…certainly delivers on his opening line: ‘Science is special.’”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “[An] entertaining history…for curious teen and adult readers.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A super-accessible introduction to science.”

    Booklist

  • “Small, but perfectly formed. In this little history, Bill Bynum has done a splendid job of weaving all the material into a narrative that is easy to understand. You will not find a better summary of the history of science”

    Bernard Wood, author of Human Evolution: A Very Short Introduction

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Taffnerd | 7/26/2013

    " What a fantastic book! Bynum covers every significant scientific discovery in clear, fun prose. It's not specifically geared towards kids but anyone over the age of 12 with an inclination towards science would find a lot to love in this book. "

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About the Author

William Bynum is emeritus professor of the history of medicine, University College London. He is author or editor of numerous publications, including most recently Great Discoveries in Medicine.