The science classics to catch up on
Originally Posted by Mike OReilly
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If you’ve got time on your hands, why not catch up on some of the science classics you’ve always intended to read (or pretended to have read).
Galileo Galilei’s Sidereus nuncius (The Celestial Messenger) was the first telescopic survey
of the sky, published 400 years ago. Historian John Heilbron reflects on the little book that changed everything.
Nature | 5 min read ➥ https://www.nature.com/articles/467398a
Self-taught mathematician Mary Fairfax Somerville first achieved an overview of scientific achievement — and arguably launched popular science as a genre. Science writer Richard Holmes enjoys her brilliant and original 1834 book, On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences.
Nature | 6 min read ➥ https://www.nature.com/articles/514432a
“On the Connexion of the Physical Sciences”
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Alfred Russel Wallace's masterpiece of biogeography, The Malay Archipelago, takes readers on a joyride through the vast chain of islands stretching eastward from Sumatra. Science writer David Quammen enjoys “a wondrous book of travel and adventure that wears its deeper significance lightly”.
Nature | 6 min read ➥ https://www.nature.com/articles/496165a
“The Malay Archipelago”
Science writer Philip Ball reviews
the surprising insight and imagination of John Dalton’s New System of Chemical Philosophy: “one of those foundational books
that doesn't say what you might think it should”.
Nature | 6 min read ➥ https://www.nature.com/articles/537032a
“New System of Chemical Philosophy”