About the book:
His journey through the history of science begins in 1543, the publication date of two seminal texts: Vesalius’s On the Structure of the Human Body and Copernicus’s On the Revolutions of Celestial Bodies. Both works radically transformed our view of ourselves and our place in the universe: they caused (to use Kuhn’s apt phrase) a paradigm shift in our understanding of the world.
From the origins of western science in the Renaissance, Gribbin plots his course for the present day, travelling via the Newtonian and Darwinian revolutions, astronomy, chemistry, geology, and atomic theory, before arriving in the modern era with the New Physics, genetics and the Big Bang. (from a review by The Guardian)
About the author (from Wikipedia):
John R. Gribbin (born 19 March 1946) is a British science writer, an astrophysicist, and a visiting fellow in astronomy at the University of Sussex. His writings include quantum physics, human evolution, climate change, global warming, the origins of the universe, and biographies of famous scientists. He also writes science fiction.