Bragg's bestselling account of the greatest figures and discoveries in the history of science from Archimedes to DNA
Melvyn Bragg's 15 novels include the bestselling Credo, For Want of a Nail and The Maid of Buttermere, and he has written several works of non-fiction including Speak for England and Rich, a biography of Richard Burton. He is Controller of Arts at LWT, and President of The National Campaign for the Arts, and presenter of 'Start the Week' on BBC Radio 4.
'Enchanting ... if anything will unlock the Aladdin's cave of
science to a general readership it is Melvyn Bragg's approach' *
Lisa Jardine in The Times *
A fascinating exploration forthe lay reader into the leagacy of
12 of the greatest figures in science form Archimedes to Galileo an
dNewton to Einstein, Crick and Watson with the help of leading
Publishing News 30 .10 .98
What a wonderful way to approach a difficult subject. Take 12 of
the world's greatest scientists from Archimedes to Watson and then
not only outline their scientific achievements but also discuss the
implications with our present greatest... The consequence is a
potted history and debate on the past and its influence on the
present, resulting an enlightened view of science. Brilliant.
News Extra 30. 10. 98
...Bragg plays the part of the interested, intelligent layman,
asking the questions on behalf of the reader, and since this is
what he really is, the device works perfectly.
The Good Book Guide 11. 98
'It's hard to see how this volume, based on a Radio 4 series,
could be improved on as an introduction to science. A dozen
scientific greats, from Archimedes to Einstein, are dazzlingly
illuminated by successors working in the same fields...Sparks fly
between contributors on Darwin. This is science told with
Independent on Saturday 13.2.99
'OGS is an informative, spirited guide to the history of science
and the individuals who have shaped it, from Archimedes to Crick
and Watson. Bragg encourages debate between leading scientists on
the significance of science, its place in society through the ages
and the impact of individual genius. Brief chronologies and a
bibliography complement the concise, yet thorough, chapters...'
The Observer 21.3.99
'A stunningly simple idea...a populist, highly entertaining
study of science past, present and future. The approach is
genuinely invigorating and the contents are all set out in
delicioius and highly digestible morsels. Recommended reading'
The Scotsman 6.3.99
'a Clever and illuminating approach...he rounds up the best
contemporary science writers and challenges them to explain the
importance of the "greats"'
Venue (Bristol) March 99
'A dozen scientific greats, from Archimedes to Einstein, are
dazzlingly illuminated by contemporary experts in the same
'Sparks fly between contributors on Darwin. This is science told with passion.'