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  • Superb . . . Poskett rightly highlights the shamefully overlooked contributions of Indian, Chinese and Japanese scientists

    Stephen Bleach, Sunday Times
  • A fundamental retelling of the story of science . . . Poskett deftly blends the achievements of little-known figures into the wider history of science . . . brims with clarity

    Chris Allnutt, Financial Times
  • An honest conversation about the history of science is therefore not just of moral importance - it is part of what makes discovery possible

    Will Dunn, New Statesman
  • A lively story of global collaboration in the study of nature from 1500 to the present day . . . rich and lucid

    Dmitri Levitin, Literary Review
  • European scientists for centuries served the political goals of empire building, which was based on slave trading, military power, oppression and violence . . . Poskett hopes for a future where the historic truth about how scientific progress has been made is universally accepted, where all cultures are valued, and where global scientific collaboration unleashes the creativity to solve problems such as climate change

    Sean Duke, Irish Times
  • Horizons shows that the story of science has always been a planetary one: a non-linear process of cross-fertilisation, competition, cooperation and conflict . . . What makes the book so engrossing is that Poskett's grasp of historical contexts is as firm as his scientific knowledge

    Matthew d'Ancona, Tortoise
  • Generation after generation, people in western countries have been educated to believe that the history of modern science began primarily in the 17th century in western Europe. In a book of breathtaking range and high quality, Poskett dismantles that narrow version of events and produces a genuinely global history

    Best Summer Books of 2022: History', Financial Times
  • This treasure trove of a book puts the case persuasively and compellingly that modern science did not develop solely in Europe. Hugely important

    Jim Al-Khalili, author of Paradox
  • Brilliant . . . In this revolutionary and revelatory book, James Poskett not only gives us a truly worldwide history of science, but explains how international connections have stimulated scientific advances through time

    Alice Roberts, author of Ancestors
  • Science's internationalism is well recognized. But scientists tend to regard it as a recent phenomenon that arose from the 'big science' of the twentieth century, rather than one with a history of more than 500 years going back to the Islamic science that inspired astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, and beyond, observes historian James Poskett. His revisionary "global history" boldly rebuts this

    Andrew Robinson, Nature

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