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Understanding the Present An Alternative History of Science by Bryan Appleyard

Understanding the Present An Alternative History of Science


Understanding the Present An Alternative History of Science by Bryan Appleyard

Scientists have never seemed so fallible - or even so dangerous. But today, more than ever before, an understanding of modern science is essential for anyone seeking to define the nature of man and his place in the universe. Since Galileo looked through his telescope in 1609 and set eyes upon the moon, mankind's gaze has been drawn, by science and its disciplines, out beyond our narrow world to the infinite spaces of the cosmos. Bryan Appleyard charts the progression of scientific knowledge, from Copernicus and Descartes to Einstein and Hawking, and its devastating impact on mankind's belief in his dominant role in the universe.


[Bryan Appleyard's] question - has science gone too far - is still relevant, and he's always a provocative read. -New Scientist

About the Author

Bryan Appleyard is a special feature writer and columnist for the SUNDAY TIMES. He has also written for VANITY FAIR, the NEW YORK TIMES and the SPECTATOR. He is a three-time Feature Writer of the Year award winner and twice has been commended in the BRITISH PRESS AWARDS.

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Publication date

21st November 2003


Bryan Appleyard

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Tauris Parke Paperbacks an imprint of I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.


304 pages


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