A uniquely illustrated book of books full of inked illustrations on vellum, intricately engraved frontispieces and eye-catching antique fonts on leather covers.
Scientifica Historica is a unique, essay-based review of those books that marked the development of science from classical times to the new millennium. The result is a fascinating chronological exploration of human endeavour within the context of society, politics and even the military, where the twists and turns prove it to be a much longer, messier process than we usually think. By recounting the history of science via its key works-those books written by the keenest minds our world has known-this book reflects the physical results of, brilliant thought manifested in titles that literally changed the course of knowledge, sometimes by increments, and sometimes with revolutionary impact.
Brian Clegg, consultant editor, read Natural Sciences, focusing on experimental physics, at Cambridge University. After developing hi-tech solutions for British Airways, he formed a creative consultancy advising clients ranging from the BBC to the Met Office. He has written for Nature, The Times and The Wall Street Journal and has lectured at Oxford and Cambridge universities and the Royal Institution. He is editor of the book review site www.popularscience.co.uk, and his publications include A Brief History of Infinity and How to Build a Time Machine.
Impact of science & technology on society