A Little History of Science

  • by William F. Bynum
  • Narrated by Jonathan Cowley
  • 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Science is fantastic. It tells us about the infinite reaches of space, the tiniest living organism, the human body, the history of Earth. People have always been doing science because they have always wanted to make sense of the world and harness its power. From ancient Greek philosophers through Einstein and Watson and Crick to the computer-assisted scientists of today, men and women have wondered, examined, experimented, calculated, and sometimes made discoveries so earthshaking that people understood the world-or themselves-in an entirely new way.
This inviting audiobook tells a great adventure story: the history of science. It takes listeners to the stars through the telescope, as the sun replaces the earth at the center of our universe. It delves beneath the surface of the planet, charts the evolution of chemistry's periodic table, introduces the physics that explain electricity, gravity, and the structure of atoms. It recounts the scientific quest that revealed the DNA molecule and opened unimagined new vistas for exploration.
Emphasizing surprising and personal stories of scientists both famous and unsung, A Little History of Science traces the march of science through the centuries. The book opens a window on the exciting and unpredictable nature of scientific activity and describes the uproar that may ensue when scientific findings challenge established ideas. With a warm, accessible style, this is a book for young and old to treasure together.


What the Critics Say

"Bynum's lively narrative...certainly delivers on his opening line: 'Science is special.'" (Kirkus Starred Review)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Good Coverage but Not Perfect

What made the experience of listening to A Little History of Science the most enjoyable?

I enjoyed the narration. It plowed the surface and didn't drill too deep. Thus it provides a nice overview. I picked up on matrix mechanics being assigned to Schrodinger as the developer. More accurately, it came out of Heisenberg's camp.

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- Jim Krumpelman

A little book on a BIG subject

This was a enjoyable run through a few millennial of science. It took me a while to get used to the readers voice but once I did I actually started to like it. It definitely made some concepts for this nonscientific listener more understandable. I definitely recommend
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- Captain Morgan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-21-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio