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Book Review - The Scientists

A few months ago, I was given a copy of The Scientists, by John Gribbin and Adam Hook, by the illustrious Mark Stanley. This is an intriguing read - the history of science as viewed through the lives of its greatest contributors.

My biggest takeaway from the book is that science is almost a living entity in itself. It advances based on successes, failures and indifference - and those who are honored with Nobel prizes and other awards have largely built on both triumphs and catastrophes of those who went before. That said, I sit down astonied at the powers of reason, logic and inference with which some members of our race have been gifted, and how they used those for the benefit - and detriment - of humanity.

Seven thumbs up!



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alaskawolf
Nov. 30th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
looks to be a good read :)
lebounce.blogspot.com
Nov. 30th, 2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
A down-right fascinating one, in fact! I'll have to ask if my husband can locate a copy at the local library.
deckardcanine
Dec. 1st, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
I just finished reading a complaint about Strunk & White's inflexible stance against the passive voice. Now I see that your first sentence really would work better in active voice, so as to avoid the confusing second "by" clause.

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