In ‘Horizons,’ a discarded global view of science shines

What if everything we’re taught about the history of astronomy and physics is wrong?

In his new book, “Horizons: The Global Origins of Modern Science” (Mariner Books, 2022), James Poskett, a historian of science and technology at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, focuses on how science has always been a global endeavor and how that story was overshadowed by a biased Westernized version. Although the book spans several scientific fields, astronomy and physics play key roles in the story he tells, with cameos from key figures such as Ptolemy and Isaac Newton.