Horizons A Global History of Science

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Publisher's Synopsis

'Superb' Sunday Times
'Revolutionary' Alice Roberts
'Hugely important' Jim Al-Khalili

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A radical retelling of the history of science that foregrounds the scientists erased from history

In this major retelling of the history of science from 1450 to the present day, James Poskett explodes the myth that science began in Europe.

The blinkered Western gaze focusing on individual 'genius' - Copernicus, Newton, Darwin, Einstein - was only one part of the story. The reality was an utterly global, non-linear pattern of cross-fertilization, competition, cooperation and outright conflict. Each rupture in history carved fresh channels for global exchange.

Here, for the first time, Poskett celebrates how scientists from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific were integral to this very human story. We meet Graman Kwasi, the African botanist who discovered a new cure for malaria; Hantaro Nagaoka, the Japanese scientist who first described the structure of the atom; and Zhao Zhongyao, the Chinese physicist who discovered antimatter.

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'Remarkable. Challenges almost everything we know about science in the West' Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in 12 Maps

'Perspective-shattering' Caroline Sanderson, The Bookseller, 'Editor's Choice'

'Horizons upends traditional accounts of the history of science' Rebecca Wragg Sykes, author of Kindred

'Poskett deftly blends the achievements of little-known figures into the wider history of science . . . brims with clarity' Chris Allnutt, Financial Times

Book information

ISBN: 9780241986264
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 509
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: xiv, 446 , 16 unnumbered of plates
Weight: 348g
Height: 196mm
Width: 130mm
Spine width: 31mm