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February 5, 2013 / Leslie

Review: Milestones of Science and Technology

Milestones of Science and TechnologyMilestones of Science and Technology:
Making the Modern World

Edited by: Peter Morris, James C Hart, Lesley Henderson

Genre: Non-Fiction, Science
Publisher: KWS Publisher
Publish Date: January 15, 2013
Format: 10 x 10 Hardcover and e-Book | 270 pages
Rating: 5 of 5

Publisher’s Summary:

Organized chronologically, the book begins with a look at scientific achievement in the early Middle Ages and the navigational tools that mapped the New World before moving on to the steam-powered machines of the Industrial Revolution, the lifesaving medicines of World Wars I and II, and the dynamically designed consumer goods of the 1950s and 1960s. An essay about each invention, written by an expert from London’s Science Museum, includes a short history of the invention’s creation, use, and significance.

My Thoughts:

Beginning with the Byzantine Sundial-Calendar (c520) and making our way to the present day, we journey through a fantastic presentation of important scientific achievements, discoveries and inventions. Each essay is accompanied by a photo or illustration on the following page and over 100 of the photos are in color.

Each article provides a detailed overview filled with interesting facts and figures, while at the same time not overwhelming the non-scientist or mathematician. The beautiful photos give the feeling of wandering through a museum as we flip the pages. Pick and choose which essays to read; each is a self-contained article that can be read in any order. The Table of Contents contains a list of each milestone and the corresponding year.

Many of the essays are familiar discoveries such as Henry Ford using an assembly line to bring down the price of the Model T Ford, airplane engines, the Apollo space capsule, medical discoveries, the X-Ray machine and CT Scanner, Penicillin, Crick and Watson’s DNA Model and even genetically engineered mice. The accompanying photos are of the original discovery and in some cases bear little resemblance to the invention today creating a sense of history.

JKS CommunicationsI previewed an e-galley which looked fantastic on my large monitor. However, I wasn’t as excited with how it looked on my small e-book app in my 7″ tablet. If you are only reading for the text, then small would be fine; visual readers will appreciate the larger images. The hardcover book is printed in 10 x 10 format which would make it the perfect size for a coffee table book.

Highly recommended for those who enjoy both science and history.

Source: Review copy provided by JKS Communications
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  1. Suko / Feb 5 2013 7:29 pm

    Glad you enjoyed this, Leslie! This book covers a lot of scientific history.


  2. pburt / Feb 12 2013 6:16 pm

    What a great book and one I will recommend to my husband who occasionally gets to teach A History of Technology course. Have you read (or browsed) A History of the World in 100 Objects by Neil MacGregor (Director of the British Museum)?


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