The History of Science and Technology: A Browser's Guide to the Great Discoveries, Inventions, and the People Who MadeThem from the Dawn of Time to Today

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In this age of genetic engineering and global warming, it is more important than ever to understand the history and current trends of science and technology. With so much information out there, though, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where The History of Science and Technology the most comprehensive and up-to-date chronology of its kind -- comes in. From the first stone tools to the first robot surgery, this easy-to-read, handy reference book offers more than seven thousand concise entries organized within ten major historical periods and categorized by subject, such as archaeology, biology, computers, food and agriculture, medicine and health, materials, and transportation. You can follow the world’s scientific and technological feats forward or backward, year by year, and subject by subject. Under 8400 BCE Construction, you will discover that the oldest known wall was built in Jericho. Jump to 1454 Communication and you will learn about Johann Gutenberg’s invention of movable type. Take an even larger leap to 2002 Computers and find out about the invention of the Earth Simulator, a Japanese supercomputer.

The History of Science and Technology answers all the what, when, why, and how questions about our world’s greatest discoveries and inventions: How are bridges built? When were bifocal eyeglasses invented and by whom? What medical discovery led to the introduction of sterilization, vaccines, and antibiotics? What is the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) process, and why is it one of the pillars of the biotechnology revolution? Not only can you discover how our world came to be and how it works, but with cross-referenced entries you can also trace many intricate and exciting connections across time.

Highly browsable yet richly detailed, expertly researched and indexed, The History of Science and Technology is the perfect desktop reference for both the science novice and the technologically advanced reader alike.

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Grade 9 Up–Based on the authors' The Timetables of Science(1988; o.p.) and The Timetables of Technology(1993, both S & S),this hefty volume is divided into 10 periods, each beginning with an overview of major advances, many of which caused controversy in political, social, and religious arenas. The introductions are followed by yearly chronicles of specific accomplishments ranging from the time when hominoids used pebble tools through 2003. In all there are more than 7000 brief entries under such broad headings as "Tools," "Construction," "Astronomy," "Food & Agriculture," "Physics," and "Mathematics." Nearly 200 feature essays are interspersed, including "The Manhattan Project," "How did the Egyptians build the pyramids?," "Early surgery," "Time shifting," "The canal age," and "The size of the universe." These are best accessed from the table of contents, as the index doesn't differentiate essays from text references. Biographies appear as boxed insets with information on career highlights and a small portrait. While informative, the black-and-white photographs and illustrations found throughout are of mediocre quality. An affordable one-volume reference.–Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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