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November 8, 1930

Two Thousand Years of Science: The Wonders of Nature and Their Discoverers.

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By R. J. Harvey-Gibson, C.B.E., D.L., M.A. Cloth. Price, $4. Pp. 362, with 121 illustrations. New York: Macmillan Company, 1929.

JAMA. 1930;95(19):1449. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02720190061034

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In recent years there have been numerous efforts to popularize the various sciences and to convey to the lay reader the information possessed by specialists in various fields. There have been many interpretations of medical science but less often have works appeared on such fundamental subjects as astronomy, physics, geology and practical biology. Professor Gibson has endeavored to cover these fields, using a method of approach that is chronological and historical and writing with a feeling for public interest that is well nigh journalistic. Unfortunately, he finds it impossible to portray chemistry or biochemistry without numerous specimens of formulas and diagrams which can only confuse rather than aid the average reader.

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