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  • Published: 24 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241394090
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368


A Global History of Science

A radical retelling of the history of science - The Silk Roads for science

We are told that modern science was invented in Europe, the product of great minds like Nicolaus Copernicus, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. But this is wrong. Science is not, and has never been, a uniquely European endeavour.

Copernicus relied on mathematical techniques borrowed from Arabic and Persian texts. When Newton set out the laws of motion, he relied on astronomical observations made in India and Africa. When Darwin was writing On the Origin of Species, he consulted a sixteenth-century Chinese encyclopaedia. And when Einstein was studying quantum mechanics, he was inspired by the young Bengali physicist, Satyendra Nath Bose. Horizons pushes the history of science beyond Europe, exploring the ways in which scientists from Africa, America, Asia and the Pacific fit into this global story.

  • Published: 24 March 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241394090
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368

Praise for Horizons

An important milestone

British Journal for the History of Science, on Materials of the Mind

The freshest history of the strangest science

Alison Bashford, author of Global Population, on Materials of the Mind

Ambitious, riveting, Poskett tracks the global in so many senses . . . vital reading on some of the most urgent concerns facing the world history of science

Sujit Sivasundaram, University of Cambridge, on Materials of the Mind

Terrific . . . [Makes] a substantial contribution to understanding the universalizing properties of science and technology in history

Janet Browne, Harvard University, on Materials of the Mind

This is the kind of history we need: it opens our eyes to the ways in which what we know today has been uncovered thanks to a worldwide team effort

Michael Scott, author of Ancient Worlds

The righting of the historical record makes Horizons a deeply satisfying read. We learn about a fascinating group of people engaged in scientific inquiry all over the world. Even more satisfyingly, Horizons demonstrates that the most famous scientists - Copernicus, Darwin and Einstein among them - couldn't have made their discoveries without the help of their global contacts

Valerie Hansen, author of The Year 1000

A provocative examination of major contributions to science made outside Europe and the USA, from ancient to modern times, explained in relation to global historical events. I particularly enjoyed the stories of individuals whose work tends to be omitted from standard histories of science

Ian Stewart, author of Significant Figures

A wonderful, timely reminder that scientific advancement is, and has always been, a global endeavour

Patrick Roberts, author of Jungle

A useful corrective that brings us closer to a more accurate history of Western science - one which recognises Europe, not as exceptional, but as learning from the world

Angela Saini, author of Superior

This treasure trove of a book puts the case persuasively and compellingly that modern science did not develop solely in Europe. Hugely important

Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox

Remarkable. Challenges almost everything we know about science in the West

Jerry Brotton, author of A History of the World in 12 Maps

From palatial Aztec botanic gardens to Qing Dynasty evolutionary theories, Horizons upends traditional accounts of the history of science, showing how curiosity and intellectual exploration was, and is, a global phenomenon

Rebecca Wragg Sykes, author of Kindred

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