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A Short History of Scientific Thought [Hardcover]

Professor John Henry
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29 Nov 2011 0230019420 978-0230019423 1
From Plato to Einstein, via Copernicus and Darwin, this fascinating text shows how science came to be such a dominating and important aspect of modern culture. Presented as a lively and highly readable narrative, it provides a rich historical
survey of the major developments in scientific thought, from the Ancient Greeks to the twentieth century. Along the way, John Henry revises many false assumptions that have been made about the history of science and offers new interpretations. Grounded firmly upon the latest historical scholarship, the book explains how new scientific theories have emerged and analyses their impact on contemporary thinking.

A Short History of Scientific Thought places the history of science within its social, cultural and historical contexts, covering key topics such as:

 the relationship between science and religion
 the history of science and magic
 experimental and mechanical philosophy
 Newton's legacy
 theories of evolution

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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 1 edition (29 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230019420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230019423
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'A wide-ranging history of scientific thought, with a judicious selection of carefully explained topics. It is clear throughout that the work is based on extensive and deep knowledge of the field....an excellent text' - David Philip Miller, Professor of History & Philosophy of Science, University of New South Wales, Australia.

'This is an excellent, well-balanced overview. Especially notable for its emphasis on the significance of magic in the development of modern science, it is also shrewd and perceptive on the relations between science and religion, and on science's broader cultural role.' - Michael Hunter, Professor of History, Birkbeck, University of London.

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A highly readable, up-to-date historical survey of the major developments in scientific thought and the impact of science on western culture, from ancient times through to the twentieth century

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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for my course and reasonably priced. 6 Oct 2013
By Esther
I am studying History of Science as my elective at Edinburgh University where the lecturer for the subject is John Henry, the author. While I did not buy the book from Amazon I did buy it for the same price as cited on this page.

The book is perfect for the course as every lecture has essential reading from the book. So it helps with that. It also contains all the key information from each lecture so if I ever miss anything I feel well caught up. It is also well priced for a semesters worth of textbook.

Even if I wasn't taking the course I would find this book a very interesting read and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the history of science.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Informative 17 May 2014
By mthomas818 - Published on Amazon.com
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Very informative book on history of science and thought. I needed it for a history class, other than that I would not read it for leisure
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Book on the History of Science 5 Aug 2013
By Jon - Published on Amazon.com
Definitely recommend this book. I used it for a Hist of science course at my university. Very structured and well elaborated that clearly explains the history of science in which general readers and beginner historians of science can understand at an introductory level. Does not only describe the history of science and the development, say, evolutionary theory, but it relates the history of science with its impact on culture, the controversy and/or relationship with religion, its effects on politics and economics, offering the reader a much larger picture. It is surprising how John Henry (author) could so exceptionally fit so many topics of the history of science from the ancient Greeks to the early twentieth century, from philosophy of science, to the fallacies of major scientific thinkers such as Newton, as well as the developments of scientific disciplines such as chemistry, biology, geology, and physics into this nearly 300 page book, it amazing really. He offers suggested readings for people to further study and really shows that science is not about 'proving' and/or showing the 'truth' of what is the natural world (even though that's what some scientists attempt to seek when doing research), but its attempting to answer questions and come up with solutions for problems that relates to science and help humans get a better understanding of the natural universe.
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