Milestones of ScienceBook - 2000
A science editor for the Washington Post chronicles three thousand years of scientific inquiry, covering such eras as the Classical Era, the Middle Ages, The Revolution, the Age of Reason, and the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
This large, glossy, super-illustrated (about 300 pictures of all kinds) volume is not a history but a fluid series of highlights in chronological order covering Aristotle, Archimedes, Galileo, Leeuwenhoek, Marie Curie, Marconi, Einstein and the rest of the pantheon of Western science. Time is chunked into the dawn of inquiry, the classical era (600 B.C. to A.D. 500), the Middle Ages (500-1500), the "Revolution" (1500-1650), the age of Newton (1650-1700), the Age of Reason (1700s). The 19th and 20th centuries are divided into two chapters each, one on the physical sciences, the other on the life sciences. Pictures are the real reason to buy this book: Pavlov's dogs chained to a bar during the course of experiments on their digestive systems, computer-generated representations of a donut universe and a neon atom, and a color-photo of the cells of twins in their first division. Oversize: 11x9.5
In this engrossing, enlightening volume, Suplee brings science vividly to life, revealing a vital, intense pursuit far different from the dry and intimidating discipline we imagine all too often. Instead, he presents a comprehensive, compelling drama of discovery and accomplishment that encompasses every aspect of human experience as we seek to answer the quintessential question: why?