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a book containing some of the greatest works of science
on 16 June 2016
Considering the importance of their contributions to human knowledge generally, and to the physical and natural sciences in particular, one might think it reasonably easy to find the works of Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein ... yet, unfortunately, it's not always a straightforward matter. Even the most important works by some of these authors are considered 'niche' (as few publishers tend to offer them - and when they do, such books are often highly priced).
Fortunately this book brings together - in a slightly abridged form - the major works by these important scientists. And so, for instance, we can browse through Newton's "Principia" and Einstein's "The Principle of Relativity" ... This is a hefty book, at over 1,200 pages - printed in a rather tiny font size.
The book is edited, and presents commentary, by Stephen Hawking - and his name appears next to the title of this work. Yet Hawking has contributed very little to the book. The texts themselves, as the book states "are based on translations of the original, printed editions." And the main introduction by Hawking is merely four and a half pages in length. The only real contribution made by Hawking is to briefly introduce each text, commenting on the life and work of the selected authors. Given such limited involvement, I suggest that potential buyers avoid being swayed by the apparent input of Hawking.
This is a book that presents some of the greatest historical works of physics and astronomy. If you're interested in such works, I thoroughly recommend this book. If you're studying the history of science, this might well be a relevant publication. Aside from the tiny font size, this is a well-presented book. Although, just to say, it lacks an index.
It appears that the hardback edition is far more reasonably priced than the paperback. As such, I suggest the former.