Timeline Science and Technology
by Peter Goes
4 out of 5 stars
This book gives an interesting timeline of human history, following the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, Ancient Civilizations, the Greek and Roman Empires, Chinese emperors, the Byzantine Empire, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Industrial Revolution, up to the present time. The last pages are divided into each decade of the 1900s, giving more details about each year, right up to the year 2020.
I love the whimsical art style that illustrates each time period. We see cartoon people discovering new lands, inventing new machines, writing and composing and painting. I love the designs of each page that include so many historic things, including architecture, landscapes, historic clothing, and culture.
There is a paragraph summarizing each time period, and little bits of information scattered around the page within the illustrations. It’s like a treasure hunt for knowledge! I am very impressed with the way each era is summarized, and the wonderful factoids about history.
One thing that I really hate in history books is when a scientific THEORY is presented as if it were a fact. This is so unethical, and it would be so easy to correct. If only the text said, “One theory about the Stone Age is … etc.” But they don’t say that. They write as if the age of the earth and the theory of how humans evolved are established empirical facts that have been tested and proven. But they’re not. And it is dishonest to present a theory and pretend that it is a fact. It makes me not trust anything else that the book says. If they are misrepresenting one theory, they might be doing it all over the place. How can I trust what is written in this book if they aren’t careful to present the information in the correct way?
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.