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The book of science

8700 BCE - 2018 CE

Tom Sharp

Poetry and commentary reflecting 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 1756, Johann Gottlob Leidenfrost described the Leidenfrost effect, when a drop of water skittles erratically on a hot surface.

1959 Mary Leakey, Louis Leakey primatology Paranthropus boisei

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