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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…

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