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Science That Changed the World


Tim Radford

This book looks at four scientific breakthroughs of the 1960s- telecommunications satellites, plate tectonics, experimental evidence of The Big Bang, and the eradication of smallpox- and traces their transformative impact through to modern times. It is an interesting premise, well-executed, and even people who know the basic outlines of these discoveries are likely to pick up some new information. The book necessarily has to exclude a lot of important work being done in that time period (for instance, this was the time during which the foundations of modern molecular biology were being laid), but that doesn't detract from the importance of the work discussed, and on the whole, it is a very interesting and enjoyable read.

Favorite Thing: 
The way the book highlights the additive nature of scientific progress.
Science that Changed the World book cover
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