The Scientists

Pioneers of Discovery



ISBN: 9780500297063 Category:


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

Who made us see the atom, our minds, our planet and the universe afresh? How did we uncover the mysteries of life on earth? What next?

The theories, discoveries and inventions of scientists have revolutionized our consciousness. Think of gravity, evolution, relativity, radioactivity and the Big Bang; electric motors, vaccines, nuclear power and computers. Behind these breakthroughs lie the personal stories of men and women with vision and determination: singular thinkers who defied adversity in their quest for answers. This book tells the remarkable lives of the pioneers – from Galileo, Faraday and Darwin, through Pasteur and Marie Curie, to Einstein, Freud and Turing. Written by an international team of distinguished scientists, historians and science writers, it will intrigue budding scientists; those fascinated by the lives of great individuals; and anyone curious to know how we came to understand the exterior world and the pulse of life within.

Additional information

Weight 301 g
Dimensions 12.8 x 19.7 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 10 May 2023
Number of pages 320
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Andrew Robinson
Dimensions 12.8 x 19.7 cm
Weight 301 g


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Andrew Robinson is the author of twenty-five books in the arts and sciences, including biographies of Albert Einstein, Thomas Young, Michael Ventris and Jean-Fran├žois Champollion. He holds degrees from Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, has been a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and is currently a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.