The book explores the history of science from a new and deliberately wider focus, including the fact that these inventors were real people with tumultuous love lives, medical crises, and powerful personalities. It highlights that a scientist needs to be much more than a Spock-like analytical reasoning engine, that he/she requires diplomacy, creativity, art, the ability to articulate findings to the public, and, not-least, funding.

The Pleasures of Life

Resurrecting a 19th century self-help book

Midway through honours, I stumbled across a gem of a book in an underground second-hand book store in Melbourne. Written by a long-dead English gentleman, The Pleasures of Life simply lists all the enjoyable aspects of being alive with heavy use of quotations from the canon. From the preface, the author explains: