Science plays an incredibly important part in our everyday lives, so it might be easy to think that the field of science itself has been around for as long as humans have. This is far from being the case. In fact, science has developed in countless tiny steps, from the most basic observations of the natural world to the incredible technological advances of the modern world.
So how did it all start? How did humans start to think in scientific terms? And how did it all get this far? These are the key questions addressed in The Upright Thinkers. We will take a journey back in time, telling the story of science, how it came about, and how it has evolved over the past 5,000 years. We’ll also learn which piece of clothing a seventeenth century chemist thought mice were made of; how arithmetic was used in Babylon in 2000 BCE; and how the Dane Niels Bohr revolutionized the model of the atom.
The Upright Thinkers (2015) takes you through the fascinating evolution of science, tracing the footsteps and influence of major figures along the way—from Galileo to Einstein to Heisenberg. We start the trip back in time to the first moments humans learned to control fire, and will leave you with a brief summary of quantum mechanics.
I would recommend this book to science geeks like me, anyone who enjoyed science class but wants to refresh their memory, and students interested in the history of the natural sciences.
Leonard Mlodinow, PhD, is an American physicist, author and a leading researcher in the field of quantum theory. He has written books alongside colleagues such as Stephen Hawking, and is the author of The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, which was a New York Times notable book of the year and one of Amazon’s choices for best science book of 2008.