Dimensions: 288 pages, 9.75 × 7.5 × 0.98 in
Published: June 6, 2013
Publisher: Reader's Digest Canada
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1554750350
ISBN - 13: 9781554750351
From the Publisher
For three millennia, people have wrestled with the great questions
of existence. Where did we come from? What is the world made of?
Are we alone in the cosmos? The answer to all these questions is
the story of science.
Reader's Digest, in conjunction with Michael Mosley, John Lynch
(Executive Producer of the international hit Walking With
Dinosaurs) and the BBC, are proud to bring you this amazing story
in the form of a companion book to the landmark BBC television
series, The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion.
This book tells the story of the elements that influence the
discovery and dissemination of new knowledge, from the business of
making instruments to the sometimes zany characters involved in the
research. It delves into the effects that a revolution, war or
cultural movement can have on the everyday work of science.
Cosmos: What's Out There? delves into the overpowering vista of a
starry night sky, describing the way finances, characters and blind
luck moved the science of astronomy and our view of out place in
the heavens. Matter: What is the World Made Of? explores how these
same forces moved the quest to understand our planet. Life: How Did
We Get Here? goes into the stories of luminaries like Charles
Darwin, Buffon and Charles Lyell, as well as the effects that Cold
War submariners had on our understanding of geology and the Earth's
magnetism. The personalities and forces that lead to to-day's
energy industries (and the questions surrounding them) are
discussed in the chapter, Power: Can We Have Unlimited Power? The
last two chapters, Body: What is the Secret of Life? and Mind: Who
Are We? look at how great minds from Leonardo Da Vinci and Justus
von Liebig to Robert Hooke, Freud, Jung and George Gilles de la
Tourette expanded our understanding of the body and brain, and how
greater scientific knowledge in the 20th century dovetailed with an
increasingly secular society.
About the Author
MICHAEL MOSLEY's background is fascinatingly diverse. He quit a
career as an economist to study medicine. He then became an
award-winning executive producer of BBC science programs before
finally becoming a science-show host.
JOHN LYNCH, Head of Science at the BBC, is an award-winning
producer, director and author. He was the executive producer of the
BBC's groundbreaking international hit series Walking with
Dinosaurs. He has also written eth books Wild Weather, Walking With
Cavemen and Earth, the Power of the Planet, which accompanied their
respective BBC TV series.