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History of Science

A Beginner's Guide

From magic to the Enlightenment; Darwinism to nuclear weapons

Weaving together intellectual history, philosophy, and social studies, Sean Johnston offers a unique appraisal of the history of science and the nature of this evolving discipline. Science is all-encompassing and new developments are usually mired in controversy; nevertheless, it is a driving force of the modern world. Based on its past, where might it lead us in the twenty-first century?

Sean F. Johnston is Reader in the History of Science and Technology at the University of Glasgow. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy with a prior career as a physicist and systems engineer.

“Compellingly written…As an introduction to the historiography of science, this book is superb…a wonderfully rich volume, ideal for the newbie historian or interested layperson.”

– British Society for the History of Science

"Lucidly and engagingly written ... Johnston has managed to cover an impressive range of material, making it readily accessible to newcomers."

– Patricia Fara - author of 'Science: A Four Thousand Year History'

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