Magazine
Latest Issue

Book review: ‘To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science’ by Steven Weinberg

By Philip Ball   March 2015

91JGpaXLHdLTo Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg (Allen Lane, £20)

This is a significant book, for all the wrong reasons. It is the kind of history of science that scientists used to write a century ago, and shows that little has changed in the standoff between scientists (Weinberg is a physics Nobel laureate) and science historians. 

Weinberg is happy to award medals on the basis of congruence with modern scientific ideas, and to assess the contributions of the past according to whether he, as a working…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect