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Review - A Brief History of Science - Thomas Crump

 

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The splendidly named Thomas Crump sounds himself like a Victorian inventor, but in fact he takes on a fascinating tour of the development of science in this chunky (400+ pages) book.

His approach of basing his story on the development of tools and instruments has one slight flaw - it does rather exclude early science - all of pre-renaissance science occupies only 34 pages, which means, for instance, there is no mention of the remarkable 13th century friar Roger Bacon (see his biography) - yet this is one of the few flaws in the book. Otherwise it's both surprisingly readable and full of surprises.

An excellent and authoritative addition to any popular science/history of science collection.

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Reviewed by Martin O'Brien                          

 

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