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Science: A Four Thousand Year History Paperback – 5 Apr 2010

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  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, U.S.A. (5 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199580278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199580279
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.8 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,125 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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a surprise and a subversive pleasure (Tim Radford, Guardian: Science Bookclub)

Review from previous edition Fara's book could not be more wide-ranging, beginning [with] the quest to take the story of science as far back as she story of science as far back as she possibly can, and ending bang up to date. The content is ambitious. jusiciously and fairly handled...The narrative moves forward in an engaging way, while the enthusiasm and opinions of the author are never far from the surface. It is a book to provoke thought and argument. An impressive achievement. (Jim Bennett, BBC History Magazine)

Epic history of science (Jo Marchant, New Scientist)

Wide-ranging and provocative...Romps through history at a terrific rate. (The Economist)

An impressive and commendable effort to square the circle, to tell science's history, from the beginning. (Martin D. Gordin, Science)

An engaging book...Fara is to be commended for stepping back - way back - to assess the history of science in its entirety (Robert J Malone, excutive director of the History of Science Society)

About the Author

Patricia Fara lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and is the Senior Tutor of Clare College. Her major research speciality is eighteenth-century England, but she has published a range of academic and popular books on the history of science, increasingly with an emphasis on analysing scientific imagery. These include Sympathetic Attractions: Magnetic Practices, Beliefs, and Symbolism in Eighteenth-Century England (1996), Newton: The Making of Genius (2002), Sex, Botany and Empire: The Story of Carl Linnaeus and Joseph Banks (2003) and Pandora's Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment (2004). She has written many reviews and articles for academic journals as well as for general publications, including History Today, New Scientist, Nature, The Times and New Statesman; she writes a regular column on scientific portraits for Endeavour. She is currently working on a biography of Erasmus Darwin.


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