a History of Science


“Who was the first the posit that the planets move in elliptical orbits?”

My inner monologue goes: “Kepler. It was Kepler. Johannes Kepler?”

I wasn’t sure enough to speak up, but I was right. How did I know this? I’ve determined that though I know a good deal about the history of science, philosophy, and western thought in general, I don’t know enough to really have confidence about it in in-class discussions. So, I need to find a good book on this. The history of thought. The history of science. The history of philosophy. Any suggestions?

I’m essentailly looking for something that provides chronological biographies of the world’s most influential thinkers. I recently ordered the following two books, which may be tangentially related to this, but (I’m guessing) coming from more of a materialist, bottom-up viewpoint:

Civilization and Capitalism, 15th-18th Century, Vol. I: The Structure of Everyday Life, by Fernand Braudel.

New Philosophy of Society: Assemblage Theory And Social Complexity by Manuel Delanda

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