Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Byline: William Leith

THE INVENTION OF SCIENCE by David Wootton (Penguin, PS12.99) THIS history of the scientific revolution is one of the best histories of anything I've ever read. It's about how, after about 1500, lots of people began to think differently. For instance, after 1492, when Columbus sailed to America, Europeans realised that there was more to the world than they had previously imagined. We had discovered something amazing the concept of discovery itself. What followed was an era of telescopes and microscopes and the belief that, if we looked hard enough, we might see how things worked. Hence progress. Life got faster. Modernity beckoned. A brilliant book.

THATCHER'S TRIAL by Kwasi Kwarteng (Bloomsbury, PS9.99) WE ALL know the Margaret Thatcher story. She was elected as leader of the Conservative Party in 1975. She won the 1979 election. She was the first female Prime Minister. She led the country for more than a decade. …

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