The men and women of science are an interesting and varied group of people. Bound strongly by ability and occasionally also luck, their collective efforts have in the past and continue to dramatically change the world. In this volume, Asimov writes short biographies of the leading figures and places them in chronological order of their birth. This provides a unique perspective to the development of science as you can follow the development of the major ideas, from the original germ to the nearly complete theory. The biographies are largely short, being merely a synopsis of the achievement of these great people. However, Asimov does capture the essence of who they were and what they accomplished. In my capacity as an editor, I occasionally need some background information about a historical figure, and this is the first resource I turn to.
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