"Because of its topical approach and its broad coverage in both time and place, this set should find a home in most history of science collections. It surveys the historical devel-opment of 23 scientific disciplines, with emphasis on the natural rather than the applied sciences."
-- Booklist (January 2003)
"This book presents the conceptual evolution of scientific disciplines from 1543 (date of Copernicus De revolutionibus) to the twentieth century. There are introductory essays on the relation of science to the history of science and of science to technology, the scientific basis of medicine, and the nature of proof, together with overviews of biology, mathematics, and physics. Essays on the individual disciplines follow in alphabetic order .... The essays are well written and interesting, starting with Medieval and Classical background and then tracing the discipline's evolution from the scientific revolution to the twentieth century. Twentieth-century history is treated briefly as full coverage would have greatly enlarged the book. Coverage generally ends early in the century or is limited to one or two major topics. ...This book can be highly recommended for high school, college, and public libraries. Its combination of depth and accessibility is unique."
-- American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) (2003)
"Written for high school and undergraduate students, this slim four-volume set attempts to synthesize the history of scientific developments.... The work ranges from the 17th century to the present without trying to include the most recent developments. ... The well-written articles are about 20 to 30 pages in length and are supplemented with defi-nitions in the margin, sidebars providing additional information, and 270 black-and-white illustrations. ... This set provides a nice overview for those with a basic knowl-edge of science...[and] is a useful and interesting resource for high school, public, and college libraries."
-- Library Journal (January 2003)
"Gr 10 and upAdvanced high school students will find 30 substantial overviews that provide either a solid grounding in the history and intellectual development of a field of 'pure' science or a stimulation discussion of such special topics as the nature of mathematical proof or the differences and interrelationships between science and technology...The articles on the chosen disciplines ('Algebra' to 'Systematics'), open with surveys of ancient and medieval milestones, but focus most closely on the last 300 years...This set makes an invaluable alternative to G.N. Cantor and Robert C. Olby's Companion to the History of Modern Science (Routledge, 1996) or general science encyclopedias, and will be a definite asset to any large reference collection."
-- School Library Journal (November 2002)