A brief history of science, part 3

By Grant Jacobs 11/08/2010

For those following SisyphusRedeemed’s on-going series of videos on the history of science, part three is now available. (Parts one and two can be found in the links below.) Part three covers the Copernican revolution through to ’The Neo-Darwinian Synthesis’:

He is, of course, only picking up on the very best-known highlights of historical science, but it’s a start if you’re new to it! There are excellent books covering a much wider cast of individuals, events and findings. When I have time I’ll put up a few I know of. (Recommendations welcome.)

For those new to the term, the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis – also known as ‘the modern synthesis’ – is the new (it’s now old!) ’revised’ take on ‘Darwinian’ evolution to incorporate early genetics and biochemistry (through to about the late 1930s). There are many sources explaining this available on-line.

There are posts in the works – I promise – but I’m staggering under an indecent workload, and my blogging may be a little erratic until this subsides.

Other articles on Code for life:

An history of ancient science in less than ten minutes

A brief history of science, part 2

Preserving endangered species – of gut microbes

Loops to tie a knot in proteins?

Epigenetics and 3-D gene structure

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