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

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A comprehensive survey of scientific and technological achievement features more than seven thousand entries, along with 150 short essays on a wide variety of topics, two hundred biographies of scientists and inventors, historical overviews, more than three hundred illustrations, and much, much more.

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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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