• The best introduction to the scientific enterprise that I know. Its brevity and simplicity cannot conceal the boldness of its conception, the extraordinary scope of its ambition. A wonderful and important book.

    David Wootton, author of The Invention of Science
  • A stylish and accessible investigation into the nature of the scientific method.

    Nigel Warburton, Philosophy Bites
  • This elegant book takes us to the heart of the scientific enterprise.

    David Papineau, King's College London, author of Knowing the Score
  • This book is a delight to read, richly illustrated with wonderfully told incidents from the history of natural science.

    Nancy Cartwright, University of California San Diego
  • Powerful, bracingly argued and important. There is something here for everyone -- for the expert, who will be challenged to rethink what science really is; for the layperson, who will rejoice in Strevens's deft and witty storytelling; and for the student, who will find a friendly and authoritative guide to Newton, Einstein, Popper, Kuhn, and all that.

    Jim Holt, author of 'Why Does the World Exist?'
  • Beautifully lucid and accessible. A rare achievement, it is entertaining and edifying all at once.

    Paul Boghassian, New York University
  • An engaging must-read.

    Manjit Kumar, author of Quantum
  • The most stunningly illuminating book of the last several decades regarding the all-important scientific enterprise. Not only profoundly insightful but rollicking good fun.

    Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, author of Plato at the Googleplex
  • As thrilling to read as it is important. Captivating.

    Nathan Heller, New Yorker staff writer

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