A broad and sometimes shallow look at the contributions of science to American culture and technology and the individuals involved, with separate attention to the biological, physical and social sciences (the last Under the aegis of the first). Brief mention is made of a great many minor figures, with appropriately more attention to the well-known; the result is an orderly chronology that teaches little about science per se, only a little about American history. But the book is well-written with no competition on the strictly Juvenile level. (Among adult books, Struik's Yankee Science is fuller because more limited in scope, and Jaffe's Men of Science in America. though--or because--biographical, is better on the achievements of individuals.) An acceptable survey if the need warrants.