Guided by innovative and bold Graphic Biographies, this book explores the lives and achievements of 85 inspiring and influential scientists in the world.
DK’s new illustrated biography series introduces scientists who changed history, from Greek mathematicians such as Archimedes and Pythagoras, to physicists in the early 20th century such as Mary Curie and Albert Einstein, to modern great men such as Stephen Hawking and Tim Berners Lee.
Everyone has made significant contributions to one or more scientific fields, from physics and astronomy to chemistry, biology, psychology, from genetics and computer science to geology and paleontology.
The scientist who changed history combines the elements of biography, history and analysis to explain the pioneering contributions of these revolutionary men and women in a clear and detailed way.
Delve into the lives, inspirations, motivations, and achievements of the greatest scientists in the world and through all time.
Explore the stories of more than 85 of the world’s most inspirational and influential scientists with this innovative and boldly visual book of biographies. From mathematicians to meteorologists, geologists to geneticists, each scientist is presented through a combination of dynamic images and stimulating words.
Combining elements of biography, history, and analysis, Scientists Who Changed History explains the groundbreaking contributions made by these revolutionary men and women in a clear and informative way.
Science is humanity’s ongoing attempt to understand how the Universe works. Whether in the form of meticulous research, ingenious insight, or unexpected discoveries, the search for truth continues to challenge, often leading to more questions than answers.
throughout history, humans have always been driven to understand
the workings of the world. In their quest for knowledge, philosophers in ancient Greece were the first to try to explain what they observed. However, many of their ideas were inaccurate, as their philosophical method lacked any experimental evidence.
Thales of Miletus in the 6th century bce, for example, proposed that water is the primary substance of the cosmos, as he had realized that water is essential for life and that it exists on land, sea, and in the air. Two centuries later, Aristotle wrote widely on scientific subjects
from physics and biology to astronomy, laying the foundations for much of the work that has followed. However, he also made fundamental errors, such as arguing that heavier objects fall faster than lighter ones,
because he relied on thought and argument rather than empirical proof. Despite being some distance from a reliable scientific method—in which a hypothesis is proposed, systematically tested, and evaluated on the strength of
the results—the early thinkers made vital findings. Halley’s comet was observed in China in 240 bce, and some 300 years later, Zhang Heng explained eclipses and drew up an extensive catalog of stars.
Scientific dawn While European progress in science stalled during the Middle Ages, the shift of knowledge to the Islamic world inspired rapid advances in scientific thinking.
The move of most of the important writings from Greece and India to The House of Wisdom—the library of the Abbasid caliphate in Baghdad—in the 8th century ce nurtured scholars.
The scholars included the mathematician al-Khwarizmi, whose works included trigonometry, algebra, and astronomy, and Alhazen, an innovator in the field of optics, whose studies of dissected bulls’ eyes were the first scientific experiments
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