Introduced by Richard Dawkins, the reader is plunged into the exciting world of science as it is now, and a team of leading experts outline the scientific discoveries that led to where we are today and where we are going. A brief history of science aims to demystify and democratize scientific knowledge. by elaborating on the memories of the school science lab. It aims to poularise and sharpen the scientific knowledge in each of the 6 main fields of scientific endeavour. The history of science is treated as it chronologically appears in the various fields and is displayed in a timeline at the beginning of the book. A brief history of science emphasizes the human face of science as well as explainin the consequences of discoveries such as the bomb and genetic engineering.
John Gribbin is a British science writer, astrophysicist and visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex, where he graduated with a BA in physics in 1966 and did his master of science (MSc) in 1967. He earned his PhD in astrophysics from the University of Cambridge in 1971. Author of the well-known In Search of Schrdinger's Cat: Quantum Physics and Reality (1984), Gribbin's work as a scientist is often reflected in his writing which covers a wide range of topics, such as quantum physics, human evolution, the origins of the universe, climate change and global warming.