The language of science today is English. But that was not always the case. 150 years ago we could have discussed the latest lab reports in German, French and English. A few more centuries back, it would have been Latin, though. In his latest book Michael Gordin shows that English started to dominate only in the past few decades. The reasons for its current dominance are geo-political and cultural chances and accidents. It has nothing to do with the notion that English is better or easier than other languages.