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Since the 'scientific revolution' of the seventeenth century, a great number of distinguished scientists and mathematicians have been associated with the University of Cambridge. Cambridge Scientific Minds provides a portrait of some of the most eminent scientists associated with the University over the past 400 years, including accounts of the work of three of the greatest figures in the entire history of science, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and James Clerk Maxwell. The chronological balance reflects the increasing importance of science in the recent history of the University. The book comprises personal memoirs and historical essays, including contributions by leading Cambridge scientists. Cambridge Scientific Minds will be of interest not only to graduates of the University, science students and historians of science, but to anyone wishing to gain an insight into some of the greatest scientific minds in history.

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‘… a fascinating biographical compilation.’

Douglas Palmer Source: New Scientist

‘… a valuable reminder of our scientific heritage and an entertaining and informative read …’

Source: Astronomy & Geophysics

‘… contains many fascinating stories across a wide range of disciplines …’

George Ellis Source: Physics World

‘… a lively, balanced account that is accessible, interesting and thought-provoking to the non-specialist as well as to the historian of science or society.’

Norma Emerton - Cambridge

'These selections can but tempt the prospective reader to delve deeper into the delightful insights provided by this volume. While intended to contribute to the popular consumption of the history of science, Cambridge Scientific Minds also epitomizes the best of recent developments in the history of science itself. The authors and editors are to be congratulated for a job very well done.'

Source: Isis

'… strong on context … The book can be recommended to anyone wanting to get an overview of the history of science … this is a book that will be read with pleasure and advantage …'

Source: Ambix

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