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To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science

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In To Explain the World, pre-eminent theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg offers a rich and irreverent history of science from a unique perspective - that of a scientist. Moving from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad to Oxford, and from the Museum of Alexandria to the Royal Society of London, he shows that the scientists of the past not only did not understand what we understand about the world - they did not understand what there is to understand. Yet eventually, through the struggle to solve such mysteries as the backward movement of the planets and the rise and fall of tides, the modern discipline of science emerged.

Author: Weinberg Steven
Publisher: PENGUIN
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780141980874
Cover: Paperback
Edition Number: 1
Release Year: 2016

Steven Weinberg is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas, Austin. His research has covered a broad range of topics in quantum field theory, elementary particle physics, and cosmology, and he has been honored with numerous awards, including the Nobel Prize in Physics, the National Medal of Science, and the Heinemann Prize in Mathematical Physics. The American Philosophical Society awarded him the Benjamin Franklin medal, with a citation that said he is 'considered by many to be the preeminent theoretical physicist alive in the world today'. He is a member of several academies in the USA and abroad, including the US National Academy of Sciences and Britain's Royal Society.

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