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100 Scientists Who Shaped World History (100 Series) Paperback – 1 May 2000
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The PhD (Chemistry), who teaches the science classes my children attend has this as a required text. I think this is a great "general resource" book for a home library - just wish it was in hardcover!
The author does a good job with the people chosen for inclusion.
A caveat however is in the fact that much scientific work is team work, especially today. If Watson is on the list why isn't Crick?
Three great minds not on the list are John von Neumann, Norbert Weiner, and Kurt Godel.
There too is no real representation of scientists working in the past forty years, arguably the most revolutionary period in the ' life- sciences' Mankind has ever known.
Still it tells the story of a fair share of Mankind's greatest scientists to this point.
Yes, George Washington Carver was an accomplished scientist.
His work developed 325 products from peanuts, 108 applications for sweet potatoes, and 75 products from pecans, including a substitute for rubber and more that 500 dyes and pigments.
And it is believed that he was born in 1865 though that is not recorded.