Out of the Shadow of a Giant

Hooke, Halley and the Birth of British Science
John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin
Published by William Collins

How two lesser-known pioneers of British science helped establish its foundations. Published by William Collins.

What if Isaac Newton had never lived? Would the great leaps forward in scientific thinking and discovery made in Britain during the second half of the 17th century still have taken place? In this immensely readable book, John and Mary Gribbin argue persuasively that they would have done, thanks to the intellectual endeavours and original thinking of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley.

While these two extraordinary men have been overshadowed by the giant figure of Newton, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and the father of the English scientific revolution, Hooke and Halley were pioneering scientists in their own right and instrumental in establishing the Royal Society. For fans of popular science, this is an essential book uncovering the achievements of two men who contributed so much during the hundred years or so in which science as we know it became established.

Published by William Collins
384 pages
8 pages of colour plates
234 mm x 153 mm

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