The History of Science from 1895 to 1945

The History of Science from 1895 to 1945
by Ray Spangenburg and Diane K. Moser

(Illus.; from the On the Shoulders of Giants series)
Facts on File, Inc.
Bibliography; Glossary; Index


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The first part of this wonderfully readable science survey covers developments in the physical sciences in the first half of the twentieth century, a period that saw changes in ideas about the structure of the atom, the nature of light waves, outer space, and relativity. The second part of the book deals with the life sciences: microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, and archaeology, with each science linked with the lives of scientists studying it. Black-and-white photos are numerous, and anecdotes about the personalities of the scholars add interest. The authors present the scientists and their accomplishments against a backdrop of two world wars and include an epilogue that looks into the second half of this century. An appendix on the scientific method, a chronology. a brief glossary. and a bibliography are appended.

--Reviewed bySusan DeRonne in Booklist, 91(September 1 1994), p.33.