The Scientists

An Epic of Discovery


Seventy articles expertly curated by biographer Andrew Robinson to provide an unrivalled account of the lives and personalities behind the greatest scientific breakthroughs of all time


ISBN: 9780500251911 Category:

Naomi Pasachoff, Jay Pasachoff, Robert Iliffe, Frank A.J.L. James, Jordi Cat, Patrick Moore, Martin Rudwick, Laura Dassow Walls, Roger McCoy, Michael Hunter, Jean-Pierre Poirier, Alan Rocke, Nathan Brooks, Georgina Ferry, Virendra Singh, Frank Close, Andrew Whitaker, Robert Paradowski


Scientific progress has always been driven by strong personalities and the experiments, discoveries, theories and inventions of great scientists have revolutionized the ways we understand the world and the way we live. Think of gravity, evolution, relativity, radioactivity, the genetic code and the Big Bang; electric motors, nuclear power, synthetic drugs, brain scanning, computers and the internet.

This book tells the remarkable lives of the pioneers – from Galileo and Newton, Faraday and Darwin, Pasteur and Marie Curie, to Einstein, Freud, Turing and Crick and Watson. Often unorthodox thinkers, these scientists frequently had to struggle to gain recognition for their work, in order to leave their legacy to future generations.

Written by an international team of distinguished scientists, historians of science and science writers, the book covers all of the major scientific disciplines, from astronomy to psychology. It begins at the largest scale with the ‘Universe’, and moves to progressively smaller scales through the ‘Earth’ and ‘Molecules and Matter’ to ‘Inside the Atom’. The last two sections look at the phenomena of ‘Life’ and ‘Body and Mind’.

Each of the forty-three outstanding individuals is portrayed in engravings, paintings, photographs and sculptures. In addition, the book reproduces many of their own notes, drawings and diagrams, along with their letters that allow a more intimate view into their journeys of discovery.

Additional information

Weight 1160 g
Dimensions 19.5 x 25.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2012
Number of pages 304
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Andrew Robinson
Dimensions 19.5 x 25.5 cm
Weight 1160 g


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Andrew Robinson has written more than 25 books on the arts and sciences. They include Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts, India: A Short History and Earthshock, which won the Association of Earth Science Editors Outstanding Publication Award, plus Earth-Shattering Events . A regular contributor to such magazines as Current World Archaeology, History Today, The Lancet, Nature and Science, he has also been literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement and a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge.