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Asimov deftly assembles a chronological list of science and discovery starting way back in pre-history (fire and the wheel) to the 1989 present day. The types of entries I recall are machines like the printing press and airplanes or the discovery or individual elements. You won't only find the stereotypical inventions like I mentioned, but also things like the development of the Pythagorean Theorem, the building of the Lighthouse at Alexandria, the makings of black powder or the ever more accurate attempts to measure the circumference of the earth. So many scientific disciplines are touched throughout.

Sound like a boring read? Well it could be for sure, I'll admit I had to trudge through some areas. Here's the important point though, this book shows the development of human knowledge over thousands of years. It makes crystal clear that the knowledge of each scientist's or inventor's work required the work of those who came before. Once I had finished the book, Asimov's book actually made the world make sense and provided a fresh new clarity.

I read this book when I was 16 and even now, two decades later, I can still trace back the effect it had on me. At the time I was quickly becoming a young adult trying to make sense of the world and see where I fit in it. More importantly I was trying to reconcile the things my religion was telling me as being true with the how reality had begun to reveal itself. This book was the final nail in the coffin of my old religion. The world as viewed through the Bible no longer made sense and was instead replaced by the lens of science and rational thought. For that I will forever be indebted to the great Mr. Asimov.

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  • Publisher:Collins Reference
  • File: 6.9 Mb
  • Ganre: Science
  • Release: 01.01.1994
  • ISBN: 9780062701138
  • Pages 790
  • Rating: 4.4 (73 votes)

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