The Great Scientists: From Euclid to Stephen Hawking

The Great Scientists: From Euclid to Stephen Hawking

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From skyscrapers to jet aircraft, from mobile phones to computers, the products of modern science surround us on all sides.

Perhaps the most significant product of science, however, is not the microwave, or the space station or the widescreen TV; it is the scientific method itself. Those societies that have actively embraced this method have flourished.

The men and women who appear in The Great Scientists haver all excelled in their chosen field of science; some have excelled across a range of scientific areas, while still others can, with some justification, claim to be the founders of their own disciplines.

The road into the light of reason has not always been an easy one: skepticism, mockery, threats and worse have often been the lot of the experimental scientist who has dared to challenge the accepted 'truths'. Yet they have persevered, and in doing so have provided a shining example for the rest of humanity.

The great scientists have burned, in Bertrand Russell's telling phrase, 'with all the noonday brightness of human genius'. The Great Scientists tells their story."

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ISBN-13: 9781782120391
Publisher: Arcturus Publishing
Publication date: 06/06/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 705,588
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About the Author

John Farndon lives in London and is the author of over 200 books on a wide range of subjects, including the best-selling Harper Collins Children's Encyclopedia, the Dorling Kindersley Pocket Encyclopedia, How the Earth Works, The Wildlife Atlas and many more. His speciality is science, and he has been short-listed three times for the Copus Junior Science book prize.

Anne Rooney gained a degree and then a PhD in medieval literature from Trinity College, Cambridge. After a period of teaching medieval English and French literature at the universities of Cambridge and York, she left to pursue a career as a freelance writer. She has written many books for adults and children on a variety of subjects, including literature and history. She lives in Cambridge. She has written many books on science and technology, and was long-listed for the prestigious Aventis Science Prize in 2004.

Table of Contents

The Ancients

Euclid 8

Archimedes 12

Hipparchus & Claudius Ptolemy 18

The Middle Ages

The Medieval Arab Scientists 22

The Renaissance

Leonardo da Vinci 26

Nicolas Copernicus 31

Andreas Vesalius 35

Galileo Galilei 39

The Seventeenth Century

Christiaan Huygens 45

Anton van Leeuwenhoek 50

Robert Hooke 54

Sir Isaac Newton 58

The Eighteenth Century

Carolus Linnaeus 64

James Hutton 68

Antoine Lavoisier 72

John Dalton 76

The Nineteenth Century

Michael Faraday 80

Charles Babbage 84

Charles Darwin 89

Louis Pasteur 95

Gregor Mendel 99

Dmitri Mendeleyev 103

James Clerk Maxwell 107

The Twentieth Century

Max Planck 111

Marie Curie 115

Ernest Rutherford 119

Albert Einstein 123

Alfred Wegener 128

Niels Bohr 132

Edwin Hubble 136

Werner Heisenberg 140

Linus Pauling 144

The DNA Team: Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin 149

Stephen Hawking 154

Index 159

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Great Scientists: From Euclid to Stephen Hawking 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
M_A_R More than 1 year ago
This book is very well-written and contains a lot of facts and information about these important scientists.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great collection of history's greatest scientific minds, with about 2 to 5 pages devoted to each of them.Brief and general, but very interesting to read.One of my favorite non-fiction books that I own.
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