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On Giants' Shoulders 1th edition




Authors:Bragg, Melvyn Bragg, Ruth Gardiner

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Explore the twelve greatest minds in the history of science withsome of today’s top scientific thinkers Ranging from thefoundation of hydrostatics in the third century b.c. to thediscovery of DNA’s structure in our own time, On Giants’Shoulders is an accessible and thought-provoking round table on theseminal discoveries of science and the originators behind them.

"Well-known English journalist Melvyn Bragg presents stimulatingportraits . . . [and] well-rounded evaluations of eachpioneer’s life and influence."–Publishers Weekly "Whatmakes this book work so well is that Bragg is a fine journalistapplying his skills as an outsider to blow away the pretensions andreveal some of the mechanics and motivations of what is still aremarkably closed world." –New Scientist "Each life is poredover in a brief but brilliant intellectual postmortem with the helpof prominent contemporary scientists. . . . Here are the paranoia,the blind alleys of research, the rivalry, and many collisions ofintellectual heavyweights. . . . On Giants’ Shoulders holdsdelights for both scientist and lay person."–KEVINO’SULLIVAN, Irish Times "What makes the result special isBragg’s unusual relationship to his subject. His gentleprobing and the selection of material address exactly the questionsabout science and scientists that interest outsiders."–JOHNGRIBBIN, The Independent "This is an enchanting book, because it isa book produced by a clever man listening intently. . . . Scienceis not, in truth, a daunting alien territory. Butcharacteristically, it seems to want to tell us the answersdogmatically, before we are sure what questions we would like toask. On Giants’ Shoulders asks just those kinds ofquestions."–LISA JARDINE, The Times (London)

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