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4.0 out of 5 stars More than a reference book, less than a hearty science read, 11 Jun. 2012
This review is from: Science in the 20th Century and Beyond (PHSS - Polity History of Science series) (Hardcover)
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This is an enormous science reference book documenting scientific process, advancement, theory, political placement and activity from the year 1900 onwards. It's magnum opus of a book. With concise, essay style entries in plain English and average about a page and half in length. The index is exceptionally thorough.

It's worth noting a certain amount of commentary is the author's personal opinion, but there are reams of reference notes and supporting evidence.

The book falls into an unusual place in the science book market. It's much more than a dictionary, but spans an enormous field so can't cover any issue in depth. It's written as a history book, but I personally found it too big to read from cover to cover. Broken down into sub-parts and chapters does provide the opportunity to dip in and out of subjects that directly interest you, but it's difficult to read the essays stand-alone pick and mix style, as the essays in each chapter build upon each other.

It's a fabulous work of a book, but it's not an `instant information' reference book, or an in-depth study of any field.
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