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The Story of Western Science

From the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory

June 2015


A guide to the best science writing, which tells the centuries-long story of our striving to understand the world.

The Story of Science guides us to the original texts that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos and ourselves. Whether referenced individually or read together as the narrative of Western scientific development, the book’s twenty-eight succinct chapters lead readers from the first science texts by Hippocrates, Plato and Aristotle through twentieth-century classics in biology, physics and cosmology, including works by Einstein, Schrödinger and Dawkins. Each chapter recommends one or more classic books and provides an entertaining account of the discovery, a vivid sketch of the scientist-writer and a clear explanation of any technical issues. The Story of Science reveals science to be a human pursuit—an essential, often deeply personal, sometimes flawed, frequently brilliant way of understanding the world.


"...if her [Susan Wise Bauer's] mission was to make an often out-of-reach subject accessible and—while science arguably is always relevant—feel more relevant, because you've gained an appreciation for the motivation, challenges and significance behind it, as well as its joys and quirks and brilliance, she's done a great job." — The Herald

"...a masterly account of the great minds who have helped expand human knowledge, from the earliest philosophers onwards." — Sky at Night

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163 x 244 mm • 336 pages


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