Science and Its Times: 1950-Present, 1st Edition

  • Volume 7
  • Published By:
  • ISBN-10: 0787639397
  • ISBN-13: 9780787639396
  • DDC: 509
  • Shipping Weight: 3.55 lbs ( 1.61 kgs)
  • 624 Pages | Print | Hardcover
  • © 2000 | Published



The histories of science, technology and mathematics merge with the study of humanities and social science in this interdisciplinary reference work. Combining essays on people, theories, discoveries and concepts with overviews, primary documents and chronological elements, Science and Its Times offers students a fascinating way to understand the impact of science on the course of human history and how science affects everyday life.

With coverage from about 2000 B.C. through the end of the 20th century, Science and Its Times features approximately 2,000 entries representing people and developments throughout the world. Examples include:

  • The role of the Silk Road on the transfer of technology from Asia to Europe
  • The impact of the Gutenberg press on the development of literacy in Europe
  • Influence of Darwin's theory of natural selection on 19th-century views on society
  • Efforts of Albert Einstein and other nuclear physicists in limiting the spread of nuclear weapons
  • And many others

The set's eight volumes are divided by time period and each includes the same broad subject chapters and features. Central to each chapter are topical subchapters on physical sciences, life sciences, technology, mathematics, medicine and health. Each of these features 25-30 essays of 1,500 to 3,000 words, 30 biographical entries of 500 to 1,000 words and about 100 brief biographical profiles.

Volumes also include subject specific chronologies and introductory essays, a general bibliography, a glossary, a master index and more. In addition, brief sidebar essays highlight subjects of interests along with about 150 photos, illustrations and diagrams per volume.


"...Though the articles vary in complexity, high school students would comprehend much of the materials because many of the contributors are free-lance writers as opposed to academics. This reference is useful for students doing research for science, mathematics, history, sociology, and psychology classes as well as vocational studies, such as health care, technology, and agricultural science...Recommended." -- Book Report (January/Febraury 2001)

— Book Report

"Science and Its Times 1950—Present is a wonderful book that emphasizes the relationship between science and society. The interdisciplinary format gives the reader an understanding of the social significance of scientific progress...debate through the related science, state legislatures, courts, and organizations such as the Creation Research Society. This interdisciplinary, comprehensive approach shows how an idea in one field may become a foundation for another, and how a person known for contributions in one area may be recognized for different contributions in another. The language is clear, ideas are not left hanging, and the reader is not forced to make great intuitive leaps. Dry? Boring? Not at all, even for those who aren't science experts. The tone is relevant, and personal anecdotes add spice. The book will be of real value to those who want to understand how science has impacted and challenged the human spirit. Science and its Times should have a place in every secondary school library, and its intrinsic value will only increase with the years." -- Science Teacher (March 2002)

— Science Teacher

"The seventh and last volume of this cross-disciplinary series covers the interaction between society and science, providing a wealth of information in a clear, easy-to-read format... The clear print and layout make the source easy to use, and the information is well worth the purchase price. Each volume can be purchased separately or ordered as part of the set. Recommended for college, university, and large public libraries." -- Choice (October 2000)

— Choice