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The book of science

8700 BCE - 2012 CE

Tom Sharp

Poetry and commentary reflecting on milestones of the history of science


Welcome to The book of science. Come here each week to find poetry and commentary on another milestone of the history of science.


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In 1857, Heinrich Geißler invented the predecessor of the vacuum tube and neon light.

1857 Heinrich Geißler Geissler tube

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