The Age Of Science (Cornelia & Michael Bessie Series)

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When historians of the future come to examine western civilization in the twentieth century, one area of intellectual accomplishment will stand out above all others: more than any other era before it, the twentieth century was an age of science. Not only were the practical details of daily life radically transformed by the application of scientific discoveries, but our very sense of who we are, how our minds work, how our world came to be, how it works and our proper role in it, our ultimate origins, and our ultimate fate were all influenced by scientific thinking as never before in human history.In The Age of Science, the former editor and publisher of Scientific American gives us a sweeping overview of the scientific achievements of the twentieth century, with chapters on the fundamental forces of nature, the subatomic world, cosmology, the cell and molecular biology, earth history and the evolution of life, and human evolution. Beautifully written and illustrated, this is a book for the connoisseur: an elegant, informative, magisterial summation of one of the twentieth century's greatest cultural achievements.

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Was it worth it? The 20th century saw unprecedented investment in scientific research and education, and Gerard Piel was on the beat for decades. The Age of Science is his summary of our learning up to Y2K, and few writers are better suited to the task. After all, this is the man who practically invented modern science journalism and revived Scientific American in the 1940s. The book covers physics, biology, earth science, and anthropology, with a strong emphasis on the physical sciences. There are some curious omissions--little is said about the electronics revolution and less about the computer revolution it spawned--but regarding fundamentals, The Age of Science is hard to beat. Some readers may feel a bit out of depth during the more arcane discussions, but a competent scientific dictionary should help immensely. The semi-calligraphic illustrations hit the mark more often than not, yielding a new milestone of scientific literacy. --Rob Lightner

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Gerard Piel was a founder of the revived Scientific American and served as its publisher from 1948 until his retirement in 1986. He lives in New York City.

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