A Little History of Science

A Little History of Science (Hardcover)

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A spirited volume on the great adventures of science throughout history, for curious readers of all ages

About the Author

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

Praise for A Little History of Science…

“[An] entertaining history . . . for curious teen and adult readers.”—Publishers Weekly

“A super-accessible introduction to science.”—Booklist

“Bynum’s lively narrative…certainly delivers on his opening line: “Science is special.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

'I wish there had been such a book when I was a child. Bill Bynum's Little History of Science may be short but it tells a grand story: all of science lightly placed in ever-changing historical and philosophical contexts, but presented in a single arc from Empedocles to Tim Berners-Lee, Galen to Thomas Hunt Morgan, alchemy to insulin, the steam engine to the particle accelerator. It is a book I will be recommending for many years to come.'—Christopher Potter, author of You Are Here: A Portable History of the Universe

-Christopher Potter

'Well done Bill Bynum, a master of the scientific ordinance from the Big Bang to the Digital Age.'—David Bellamy

-David Bellamy

'Science is not a dry recitation of data; it's thousands of years of questions that people have posed about the universe. In A Little History of Science, William Bynum ably distills this human saga into a delightfully clear tale. It may be little, but it manages to find room for galaxies, computers, chemistry, evolution and much more.'—Carl Zimmer, author of A Planet of Viruses

-Carl Zimmer

"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
-Bernard Wood

“A wonderful book to keep on the shelf and revisit over time.”—PopMatters 

Product Details ISBN-10: 0300136595
ISBN-13: 9780300136593
Published: Yale University Press
Pages: 272
Language: English