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Description - The Ascent of Science by Brian L. Silver

'This book is a report of the scientific campaign up to now. It is not a history of science but rather an account of the major battles, the frequently eccentric generals and the ways in which science has deeply influenced man's picture of the world and of himself. It is not a final summing-up. We know that we are far from a real understanding of nature. We press on. Michelangelo's divine discontent gives us no rest. And although the history of science may be a trail littered with broken theories and discarded concepts, science is also a triumph of reason, luck, and above all imagination. There are few more successful, exciting, or strange journeys.' From the author's preface In The Ascent of Science, Brian Silver provides a sweeping and dynamic overview of the whole of Western science, from the Renaissance to the present. In it, he translates the most profoundly important, and often impenetrably obscure, scientific developments into a vernacular that is not only accessible and illuminating but highly enjoyable as well.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195134278
ISBN-10: 0195134273
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 179mm x 35mm)
Pages: 552
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 16-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Book Reviews - The Ascent of Science by Brian L. Silver

UK Kirkus Review » An overview of the entire history of science. Nobody could possibly want to sit down and read it all, and it is astonishing that one individual could have written it completely. But many people will find it a useful reference, whether they want to know something of the history of the debate about the heritability or intelligence, or the relationship between alchemy and chemistry, or how black holes are made. The older stuff is more thoroughly presented, and some of the up-to-date material is rather sketchy. But if history is what you want, this is a good place to find it. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Brian L. Silver

Former Professor of Physical Chemistry, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel (now deceased).