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  • This treasure trove of a book puts the case persuasively and compellingly that modern science did not develop solely in Europe. The well-trodden narrative that the scientific revolution began with Copernicus and Galileo, and continued through Newton, Darwin and Einstein, neglects so much. We acknowledge that science today is a truly global enterprise, but this hugely important book explains that it has ever been thus

    Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox
  • The righting of the historical record makes Horizons a deeply satisfying read. We learn about a fascinating group of people engaged in scientific inquiry all over the world. Even more satisfyingly, Horizons demonstrates that the most famous scientists - Copernicus, Darwin and Einstein among them - couldn't have made their discoveries without the help of their global contacts

    Valerie Hansen, author of The Year 1000
  • A provocative examination of major contributions to science made outside Europe and the USA, from ancient to modern times, explained in relation to global historical events. I particularly enjoyed the stories of individuals whose work tends to be omitted from standard histories of science

    Ian Stewart, author of Significant Figures
  • A wonderful, timely reminder that scientific advancement is, and has always been, a global endeavour

    Patrick Roberts, author of Jungle
  • This is the kind of history we need: it opens our eyes to the ways in which what we know today has been uncovered thanks to a worldwide team effort

    Michael Scott, author of Ancient Worlds
  • An important milestone

    British Journal for the History of Science, on Materials of the Mind
  • The freshest history of the strangest science

    Alison Bashford, author of Global Population, on Materials of the Mind
  • Ambitious, riveting, Poskett tracks the global in so many senses . . . vital reading on some of the most urgent concerns facing the world history of science

    Sujit Sivasundaram, University of Cambridge, on Materials of the Mind
  • Terrific . . . [Makes] a substantial contribution to understanding the universalizing properties of science and technology in history

    Janet Browne, Harvard University, on Materials of the Mind

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