Books interview with Steven Weinberg: “The history of science can prevent us from making the mistakes of the past”

Steven Weinberg talks to Matt Elton about his new book which explores thousands 
of years of scientific discovery, from the ancient Greeks to the present day

A portrait of greek scientist Claudius Ptolemy

This article was first published in the April 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine 

In context

The development of scientific thought – broadly, the attempt to make sense of the physical universe – is generally understood to have undergone particularly rapid progress in two periods. The ancient Greek world saw contributions from figures including polymath Ptolemy, while the developments of the 16th and 17th-century scientific revolution were generated by thinkers including physicists and mathematicians Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei, astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus and philosopher and scientist René Descartes.

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