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More biography than science
on 29 January 2010
I'll probably get slated for this; going against the grain and all that, but I have to say I didn't really enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. Sure, it's a masterpiece of research and is packed with information. It's just not very... well, scientific.
I believe a more accurate - if ungainly - title would be 'A biography of the world's great scientists': the pages dealing with each figure go into great detail about their lives (which university Keppler attended, how many children Copernicus had, what their wives did...), but information on their scientific achievements is more sketchy, or at least masked by the biographical rhetoric, which - to me at least - is of less significance.