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The Scientists

Pioneers of Discovery

Andrew Robinson


Forty articles expertly curated by biographer Andrew Robinson provide an unrivalled account of the lives and personalities behind the greatest scientific breakthroughs of all time

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Who made us see the atom, our minds, our planet and the universe afresh? How did we uncover the mysteries of life on earth? What next?

The theories, discoveries and inventions of scientists have revolutionized our consciousness. Think of gravity, evolution, relativity, radioactivity and the Big Bang; electric motors, vaccines, nuclear power and computers. Behind these breakthroughs lie the personal stories of men and women with vision and determination: singular thinkers who defied adversity in their quest for answers. This book tells the remarkable lives of the pioneers – from Galileo, Faraday and Darwin, through Pasteur and Marie Curie, to Einstein, Freud and Turing. Written by an international team of distinguished scientists, historians and science writers, it will intrigue budding scientists; those fascinated by the lives of great individuals; and anyone curious to know how over the centuries we came to understand the exterior world and the pulse of life within.

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'Excellent ... of broad interest to scientists and non-scientists alike'
The Lancet

'A sampler of the driven, complex, fascinating characters who fomented scientific revolutions'

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Illustrations: 27

Publication date: 26 January 2023

ISBN: 9780500297063

Contents List

Nicolaus Copernicus • Johannes Kepler • Galileo Galilei • Isaac Newton • Michael Faraday • James Clerk Maxwell • Albert Einstein • Edwin Powell Hubble

James Hutton • Charles Lyell • Alexander von Humboldt • Alfred Wegener

Molecules and Matter
Robert Boyle • Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier • John Dalton • Dmitri Mendeleev • August Kekulé • Dorothy Crowfoot • Hodgkin Chandrasekhara • Venkata Raman

Inside the Atom
Marie Curie and Pierre Curie • Ernest Rutherford • Niels Bohr • Linus Carl Pauling • Enrico Fermi • Hideki Yukawa

Carl Linnaeus • Jan Ingenhousz • Charles Darwin • Gregor Mendel • Jan Purkinje • Santiago Ramón y Cajal • Francis Crick and James Watson

Body and Mind
Andreas Vesalius • William Harvey • Louis Pasteur • Francis Galton • Sigmund Freud • Alan Turing • John von Neumann • Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey

About the Author

Andrew Robinson is the author of twenty-five books in the arts and sciences, including biographies of Albert Einstein, Thomas Young, Michael Ventris and Jean-François Champollion. He holds degrees from Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, has been a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and is currently a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.