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The Story of Western Science: from the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory

3.00 out of 5
(2 customer reviews)


A riveting road map to the development of modern scientific thought that spotlights the people behind the discoveries and serves as a springboard into the scientific education you never had.

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Far too often, public discussion of science is carried out by journalists, voters, and politicians who have received their science secondhand. The Story of Western Science shows us the joy and importance of reading groundbreaking science writing for ourselves and guides us back to the masterpieces that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves.

Able to be referenced individually, or read together as the narrative of Western scientific development, the book’s twenty-eight succinct chapters lead readers from the first science texts by Hippocrates, Plato, and Aristotle through twentieth-century classics in biology, physics, and cosmology. The Story of Western Science illuminates everything from mankind’s earliest inquiries to the butterfly effect, from the birth of the scientific method to the rise of earth science and the flowering of modern biology. Each chapter recommends one or more classic books and provides entertaining accounts of crucial contributions to science, vivid sketches of the scientist-writers, and clear explanations of the mechanics underlying each concept.

The Story of Western Science reveals science to be a dramatic undertaking practiced by some of history’s most memorable characters. It reminds us that scientific inquiry is a human pursuit―an essential, often deeply personal, sometimes flawed, frequently brilliant way of understanding the world. In the tradition of her perennial bestseller The-Well Educated Mind, Susan Wise Bauer delivers an accessible, entertaining, and illuminating springboard into the scientific education you never had.

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2 reviews for The Story of Western Science: from the Writings of Aristotle to the Big Bang Theory

  1. michele missio

    Is there a pdf version of this book?

    • Answer Desk

      There isn’t a PDF version. It is available as an e-book at the typical large online booksellers.

  2. 1 out of 5


    Does this book push evolution and leave out God?

    • Press Minion

      It’s not really like that. This book doesn’t “push” a particular worldview, but instead introduces & explains about 30 of the most influential books in the development of Western science. Evolution comes into it, since that’s an important part of mainstream modern biology. Darwin’s theories are discussed in terms of his development of them and the way the theory has been developed and challenged since then.

  3. 5 out of 5


    Informative, engaging, and well rounded approach to the development of Western Scientific Theories.

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