This book helps to answer the question, "How we know what we know?" It is designed for scientists and non-scientists alike - giving a glimpse of the logic and thought processes that have gone in to the most important discoveries of our human existence.
Have ever wondered how we figured out the earth was round and went around the sun before we could fly? Have you pondered how we went so quickly from earth, air, fire and water to thinking about the world in terms of atoms? This is just a taste of what you will find.
These questions and much more are handled in a sensitive, easy to read manner in a book which is part science text, part history lesson and part tall-tale. Expect details on the lives of some of the most famous scientists in history, fascinating information on how they designed and implemented their famous experiments, and remarkable discussion on the implications of that work.
Although the book is a bit dated, the histories described haven't changed. The illustrations are quite useful, if again, a bit old.