2017/04/03

BOOK REVIEW:
TO EXPLAIN THE WORLD BY STEVEN WEINBERG

Title: To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science
Author: Steven Weinberg
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 432
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
This is a nonfiction book that looks at the discovery and development of science from ancient times up until the Scientific revolution.


Review:
This was an interesting book, but did not quite live up to what I thought it was going to be.

This book is a fairly basic overview of the history of science. It touches on many great periods and people and I like that it also includes the Arab world, which is something often left out of history books. The writing is clear and mostly easy to understand, and generally I think it's interesting enough to keep the reader reading.

Like I said though, it feels very rudimentary. It also highlights certain periods and scientists, dedicating pages of pages to them, while others feel like a mere footnote. The science is interesting, but overall this books doesn't offer much depth or reflection, at least not as much as one would hope. It's not really a book that makes you think or gives new insight, and I think that's a shame.

If you want a standard introduction to the history of science, you might find this interesting, but otherwise, I'm not so sure I would recommend it. There surely must be more engrossing books on the subject out there.
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