Here is a great book for summertime reading: The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt. It reads like a detective story yet deals with major issues in the history of scientific thinking. I’m in the middle of it at the moment.
Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction, The Swerve recounts the discovery of an ancient Roman manuscript 600 years ago – a discovery that influenced Boticelli, Galileo, Darwin, Einstein, Shakespeare, Jefferson, and others.
Here is an article – you might say a very compact Cliff’s Notes version of The Swerve – by the author that appeared in The New Yorker last year. You should think of it as an enticement to read the full book, not a substitute!