[A] spirited jaunt through centuries of scientific development... captures the wonder of the medieval world: its inspirational curiosity and its engaging strangeness. --Sunday Times, August 16, 2009
This book contains much valuable material summarised with commendable no-nonsense clarity... James Hannam has done a fine job of knocking down an old caricature. --Sunday Telegraph, August 30, 2009
A very useful general survey of a difficult topic, and a robust defence of an unfairly maligned age. --The Spectator, August 12, 2009
The book can be highly recommended as the very best kind of popular history. --Chemistry World, December 2009
Hannam, the liveliest of guides, makes enjoyable reading out of some seriously dusty history and difficult ideas.
--The Scotsman, August 2009
About the Author
James Hannam is a graduate of both Oxford and Cambridge where he studied physics and then gained a PhD in the history of science. He lives in Kent with his wife and two children.
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