In Science in World History, James Trefil presents a comprehensive, thematic survey of the history of science from its roots in different cultures around the world through to the present day. He explores crucial milestones in scientific development and at the same time examines the enormous social and intellectual changes they initiated.

Opening with a discussion of the key elements of modern scientific enterprise, the book goes on to explore the earliest scientific activities, moving through Greece and Alexandria, science in the Muslim world, and then on to Isaac Newton, atomic theory and the major developments of the nineteenth century. After examining the most recent scientific activities across the world, the book concludes by identifying future directions for the field.

Suitable for introductory courses and ideal for students new to the subject, this concise and lively study reconsiders the history of science from the perspective of world and comparative history.

chapter 1|14 pages

What is science?

chapter 2|11 pages

Astronomy: the first science

chapter 3|11 pages


chapter 4|12 pages

Greek and Alexandrian science

chapter 5|15 pages

Islamic science

chapter 6|13 pages

The birth of modern science

chapter 7|15 pages

The Newtonian world

chapter 8|13 pages

The science of life

chapter 9|12 pages

Physical sciences in the twentieth century

chapter 10|12 pages

Biology in the twentieth century

chapter 11|11 pages

The new internationalization of science

chapter 12|9 pages

The frontiers of science

chapter |4 pages