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The Story of Science: Power, Proof and…

The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion (2010)

by Michael Mosley, John Lynch

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35. [The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion (BBC)] by Michael Mosley & John Lynch (2010, 274 pages, read Feb 18 - Aug 5)

I picked this up at half-price books hoping for an easy interesting read for times when I couldn’t quite focus. There are six sections on the cosmos, matter, life, power, the body and the mind. Each is made up of a series one-to-two page blurbs and lots of photos. The feel is like a magazine. I really enjoyed the first two sections, especially parts on Antoine Lavoisier, who I hadn’t heard of before and who was far ahead of his time and understood the significance of Joseph Priestly’s discovery of Oxygen far better then Priestly did. But the rest of the book was too skimpy, skipping hundreds of years as it stumbled through the scientific highlights, which left no sense of flow...or connections. Also the bibliography in the back is disappointing, just a short list of popular science books (five to ten per section), and not all good. I have not seen the BBC TV series this was derived from, maybe it worked better in that medium. ( )
  dchaikin | Sep 28, 2013 |
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Accompanying a landmark BBC television series, Science Story traces the breakthroughs in every area of science from classical times to today.Throughout, the award-winning authors show us the big historical picture too. Great science happens when brilliant minds collide with new discoveries and tools at specific points in time.… (more)

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