Science firsts

Science firsts From the Creation of Science to the Science of Creation Adler, Robert E.

Throughout the history of science, there have always been men and women whose curiosity and intellect led them to explore uncharted territories and seek new explanations for the way the universe works. Among those are the privileged few who were the first to glimpse new ideas, break new ground, and make unprecedented discoveries many of which changed the course of history.

Science Firsts tells the engaging and inspiring stories of thirty five landmark scientific discoveries. From the first accurate prediction of an eclipse in 585 b.c. to the cloning of Dolly the sheep, science writer Robert Adler clearly explains the context and importance of these discoveries, allowing the reader to peer over the shoulders of the great scientists as they first set eyes on new worlds.

The journey begins in ancient Greece, where philosophers such as Thales and Leucippus became the first to demand explanations about nature that did not depend on the whims of gods. Focusing on key scientists many well known, others often overlooked in a wide range of disciplines, Adler profiles such pathfinders as:
Anaximander of Miletus showman, politician, and philosopher, the first to map the world
Johannes Kepler a brilliant mystic, the first to place the planets into their true orbits
Sir Isaac Newton whose luminous mind made him the first to grasp the basic laws of the universe
Humphry Davy a poet and self made scientist, the first to precisely define chemical elements
Alfred Wegener an Arctic explorer, the first to understand the origin of continents and oceans
Raymond Dart a maverick anatomist, the first to discover our ancient African roots
Barbara McClintock a true visionary, the first to see the inner dynamics of the genetic system
Claude Shannon the unicycle riding mathematician who brought us the Information Age
Science Firsts captures the essence of these gifted explorers and their hard won discoveries. Without their sense of mystery, diverse talent, and stubborn dedication, the world as we know it would not exist.

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Turner Publishing Company
240 pp.

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