From the discovery of science to quantum physics to the Big Bang, implicated non-scientists have traditionally inherited the new scientific ideas and discoveries from the books written by the greatest thinkers of their time. Charting the evolution of scientific thinking and development over the past centuries, Susan Wise Bauer explores the influence of these ” great book” through the eyes of the discoverer, looking at how scientists first developed their ideas and theories. Structured into five broadly chronological parts, The Story of Science begins with the origins of science itself, discussing the works of Aristotle, Plato, Hippocrates among others, and concludes with the emergence of modern science with 20 century classics in biology, physics and cosmology.
Featuring twenty-eight bite-sized chapters, Bauer portrays notable figures and events behind the progression of fundamental texts which conduced to the development of modern science. The book being portrayed as a story rather than a story, it centralizes on the lives and achievements of significant individuals whose collective writings influenced mankind’s potential to investigate and comprehend the nature of the word itself. This component carried inside of all humankind is the core representation of science as a human endeavour–a pursuit where mankind is intimately associated with nature, rather than simply being detached observers of nature. Science is not an infallible guide to truth, but a deeply person, sometimes flawed, often misleading, frequently brilliant way of understanding the world.”Looking at the ancient world, we consider these great thinkers straightforwardly “ahead of their time”. Their theories and hypothesis- an attempt to discover the underlying truth about the universe- would only gain credibility and acceptance after their deaths.
For example, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selections, were initially a premeditated to be a contentious by the scientific community , and took time for the relevance to be a fully recognized supposal. Bauer’s selection of scientists can be contemplated as an accomplished, capable, skilled scientists but as some early thinkers looks as if they fortuitously “stumbled upon” what are now widely acknowledged genuineness, but considering their period of time, they were simply, logical, untestable, explanation for observable phenomena based upon the preponderating orderliness of cogitation. One of the pivotal characteristic of The History of Science is the emphasis put on the influential books that made new theories or discoveries visible to the world, rather than scientific papers. For example, we can visualize a vast sum of difference between literature preserved from a rarely schoolary elite and literature that is mainly accessible to a non-specialist in science. Disclosing the reader beyond the few pages of some “great books” that she allot to the stories, Bauer concludes each chapter with further reading recommendations for each and every chapter that relate to each concept with a useful description to accompany it, offering an opportunity to the reader to dive deeper into individual texts.From the early discovery of science to the Big Bang Theory, The Story of Science hands over the grand ideas of history’s most notable scientific thinkers, as revealed in the the stories behind all these influential books compiled together.