"A masterpiece of science writing and journalism... a gem of wisdom, scholarship and fun." — BBC
A compact mini-encyclopedia of Science.
It explains 175 laws, principles, equations, theories and things that form the foundations of science.
The entries are arranged in chronological order. The popular name of the idea is used; in most cases it includes the name of the person who formulated the idea, for example, Archimedes' Principle, Hawking's Black Hole Theory, the Chandrasekhar Limit or the Greenhouse Effect.
It features all the great names in science, including Pythagoras, Galileo, Newton, Darwin and Einstein, as well as more recent contributors such as Rachel Carson, James Lovelock and Stephen Hawking.
The book makes some potentially complex scientific information accessible and enjoyable.