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Excellent book but may be too focused on the British contribution,
This review is from: Science: A History 1543 - 2001 (Paperback)
I am still reading this and have just reached the middle of the 18th century. So far its been a great and very informative book, it gave me almost exactly what I wanted in terms of a (reasonably) readable overview of Western science and how it developed.
You get a potted biography of each scientist coupled with notes on major historical things going on at the time and a review of their contribution. so you get a sense of how things progressed, mutual influences and changes to working practices (development of a scientific practice).
I got the distinct impression that it grants excessive space to British scientists at the expense of non-Brits. But I'm not knowledgeable enough to judge how bad this is and I have only read the first half of the book.
Needless to say, and the author explains this, it only covers science from the Renaissance.