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B r i e f t or y of i -en c e T H O M A' $28.00 From earliest pre-history, with tne dawning understanding or lire and its many uses, including cooking and pottery, up to tke twenty- first century and tne 26-kilometre underground particle accelerator, this is a fascinating exploration of mankind' s innovative nature. Thomas Crump describes now our creativity, expressed in tke desig n and production of tools and scientific instrume
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  B rie f t  o  ry  o   i-en c  e T  H  O  M  A'  $28.00 From earliest pre-history,  with tne  dawning understanding or lire and its many uses, including cooking and  pottery,  up to  tke twenty-  first century and tne 26-kilometre underground particle accelerator, this is a fascinating exploration of mankind's innovative nature. Thomas  Crump  describes now our creativity, expressed in tke desig n and production of tools and scientific instruments has  continually extended tne frontiers of science and, as a consequence, human civilization. Ever  more  sophisticated  means nave been employed in our  attempts  to understand tne universe. Tne gnomons and sundials of antiquity led  on in Renaissance Europe, to standardized measurements recorded in  Arabic numerals.  Starting around 1600, tne modern ge  - characterized by steady improvement in communications, comfort and chances of survival   followed  with  instruments such as microscopes, thermometers and chemical balances,  spectroscopes, vacuum  pumps  and X-rays,  particle counters and accelerators, semi-conductors and micro-processors   all continuously developing*  according to the state-of-the-art technology. The book  lso  describes the apparatus designed to create and observe matter  at temperatures close to absolute zero, below  that  of any gas, where normal properties such as electrical resistance no longer hold. Few writers in recent times have  attempted  an overview of the bewilderingly immense history of  scientific advances. However, in  A  rief History  of  Science   focusing on our own ingenious  and curious nature   Thomas  Crump succeeds in  giving  an accessible and enjoyable account of mankind's march towards technology.  THOMAS CRUMP'S passionate interest in science and its history has given rise to a  number  of nooks, most recently  Solar  Eclipse  and  The Anthropology  of Numbers.  A matnematician and anthropologist, until nis  retirement  ne taught anthropology at the University or Amsterdam. Jacket images courtesy  of  The Science Photo Library show Michael  Faraday,  Parkes radio telescope, Australia, and a sextant and map (background image) Jacket design by Pete Rozycki CARROLL  & GRAF Distributed by Publishers  Group  West  \ Praise  for  Solar  clipse s  f  ^ 'Oilers  pre  per intellectual history . .  . vening  Standard An excellent  duide  . .r/  77*e  Times n excellent  account< .  . Thomas Crump writes wi authority on the mathematics and physics . . . fascinating  reading'.'  Times  Literary  Supplement 9 780786 709076
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