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Seeing further : the story of science, discovery, and the genius of the Royal Society

Author: Bill Bryson
Publisher: New York : Morrow, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Traces the history of the Royal Society from its founding in 1660 to the present and describes how its members--including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Humphry Davy, Albert Einstein, Alexander Fleming, and Stephen Hawking--have contributed to global scientific discovery.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Bryson
ISBN: 9780061999765 0061999768
OCLC Number: 1005489245
Description: 506 pages : illustrations, map.
Contents: At the beginning : more things in heaven and earth / James Gleick --
Of the madness of mad scientists : Jonathan Swift's grand academy / Margaret Atwood --
Lost in space : the spiritual crisis of Newtonian cosmology / Margaret Wertheim --
Atoms of cognition : metaphysics in the Royal Society / Neal Stephenson --
What's in a name? : Rivalries and the birth of modern science / Rebecca Newberger Goldstein --
Charged atmospheres : promethean science and the Royal Society / Simon Schaffer --
A new age of flight : Joseph Banks goes ballooning / Richard Holmes --
Archives of life : science and collections / Richard Fortey --
Darwin's five bridges : the way to natural selection / Richard Dawkins --
Images of progress : conferences of engineers / Henry Petroski --
X-ray visions : structural biologists and social action in the twentieth century / Georgina Ferry --
Ten thousand wedges : biodiversity, natural selection and random change / Steve Jones --
Making stuff : From Bacon to bakelite / Philip Ball --
Just typical : our changing place in the universe / Paul Davies --
Behind the scenes : the hidden mathematics that rules our world / Ian Stewart --
Simple, really : from simplicity to complexity --
and back again / John D. Barrow --
Globe and sphere, cycles and flows : how to see the world / Oliver Morton --
Beyond ending : looking into the void / Maggie Gee --
Confidence, consensus and the uncertainty cops : tackling risk management in climate change / Stephen H. Schneider --
Time : the winged chariot / Gregory Benford --
Conclusion: Looking fifty years ahead / Martin Rees.
Responsibility: edited & introduced by Bill Bryson.

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Traces the history of the Royal Society from its founding in 1660 to the present and describes how its members--including Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Humphry Davy, Albert Einstein, Alexander Fleming, and Stephen Hawking--have contributed to global scientific discovery.

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