Book review: The Story Of Science: From The Writings Of Aristotle To The Big Bang Theory

SCIENCE is everywhere. But the science most of us encounter in our everyday lives — in newspaper reports and political rhetoric, for instance — bears very little resemblance to the real thing, and says very little of the theory, meaning, and importance (or lack thereof) behind it.

Susan Wise Bauer

WW Norton & Company, €25.50, ebook €20.16

That’s where Susan Wise Bauer’s The Story Of Science comes in — it’s not a “history of science”, she points out, but major steps and milestones are plotted in their relative historical context, with extracts from the works of the science greats themselves, alongside Bauer’s narrative in the same engaging and amusing style that made her bestselling History Of The World series so popular.

Again, if her mission was to make an often out-of-reach subject accessible and — while science arguably is always relevant — feel more relevant, because you’ve gained an appreciation for the motivation, challenges, and significance behind it, as well as its joys and quirks, and brilliance, she’s done a great job.


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