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Publisher's Summary

A riveting road map to the development of modern scientific thought.
Far too often, public discussion of science is carried out by journalists, voters, and politicians who have received their science secondhand. The Story of Western Science shows us the joy and importance of reading groundbreaking science writing for ourselves and guides us back to the masterpieces that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves.
Able to be referenced individually or listened to together as the narrative of Western scientific development, the book's 28 succinct chapters lead listeners from the first science texts by Hippocrates, Plato, and Aristotle through 20th-century classics in biology, physics, and cosmology. The Story of Western Science illuminates everything from mankind's earliest inquiries to the butterfly effect, from the birth of the scientific method to the rise of earth science and the flowering of modern biology.
Each chapter recommends one or more classic books and provides entertaining accounts of crucial contributions to science, vivid sketches of the scientist-writers, and clear explanations of the mechanics underlying each concept. The Story of Western Science reveals science to be a dramatic undertaking practiced by some of history's most memorable characters. It reminds us that scientific inquiry is a human pursuit - an essential, often deeply personal, sometimes flawed, frequently brilliant way of understanding the world.
In the tradition of her perennial best seller The Well-Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer delivers an accessible, entertaining, and illuminating springboard into the scientific education you never had.
©2015 Susan Wise Bauer (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Diane K. on 10-07-15

Good text, tedious book structure

While I have no problem with the narrative per se, the choice to read all of the book citations at the end of each chapter makes the audio book rather tedious to listen to. This is something that would not be a defect in a printed work, since it is easy to skip them there. These should have been moved to an appendix.
If you decide to listen to this otherwise well written book, be prepared to skip to the end of every chapter, once the narrator gets to the point where he starts reading out the website URL.

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15 of 16 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Brian on 10-26-15

Good but not life changing

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The book just kind of ends. There is no wrap up. It just stops

Any additional comments?

This was an OK book. The stories were good but like my title says, this is not a life changing book. Probably will not read it again. The constant reading off of the website and telling me where I can find the books mentioned was distracting and took away from the book. I know how the internet works. Give me the website once. Google is pretty good at finding stuff like that.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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