Gives really good details of the Science covered by the "greats" and also a lot of interesting snippets about the personalities. Really explains the background and terms of reference that the 17th century Scientists (and others) were working in.
I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!
I think I expected this to be more dynamic. It was alright, but not one that I would listen to on repeat. A bit flat.
Yes. The author gives great value to the text and makes me feel like someone is having a conversation with me.
Listen to it. You will not regret it.
This book is one of my favorite audiobooks so far.
It really transports the reader to the period between the reinassance and the enlightenment. I loved it beginning to end.
An epic story of e power of human reason
Recommended for anyone interested in science, math, and the stories of brilliant scientists
It had very little to do with the Royal Society and a lot to do with how miserable peoples lives were in the 17th century. I was very disappointed.
This is one of my favorite types of books: history of science. I think the subtitle is misleading because there wasn't much about the Royal Society. Instead the book describes the scientific and mathematical questions of the 1600's and the men who grappled with them. There were many great details that I had not known.
Other reviewers complained about the narrator, and I have to agree. He has a nice voice, though I think his Brooklyn accent is not the best match for the book. But it's really his delivery that's the problem. He adds a lot of spin to convey how ridiculous things are. A calmer and more detached tone would have served the material better.
Nevertheless, the book was just my thing, and I have to give it top marks despite the narration.
The book actually made me pity that I did not listen to history lessons at school more carefully. I found it amazing how powerful some minds can be, how they can break beyond the limits of the current knowledge. Can you calculate how far the moon is? 400 years ago, they could...
It has been a few months since I listened to The Clockwork Universe so I cannot go into minute detail, but I can say that there are many long term lessons that you will retain from this book.
Even our greatest thinkers are floundering in the dark most of the time but occasionally shining glimpses of light on our world and universe for future generations to follow.
Even Newton, one of our greatest thinkers, spent most of his life exploring worthless theories but his successes were extraordinary.
This is a story of "The Royal Society" and the doers and thinkers who were its members. It is more than history. It gives us an insight into both our ignorance and our knowledge. At any given moment in history perhaps there are only a few dozen or now maybe a few hundred people who are discovering scientific truths that will profoundly alter all future generations.
This story is both remarkable and enjoyable. We owe a huge debt to those individuals in the Royal Society who changed the world forever. Long after the politicians, generals and admirals of the day are forgotten the members of the Royal Society, if not the Royal Society itself, will be remembered.
This book describes the "Scientific Revolution" and its key players. Revolutions, except for the one in France, move the world up to the next level. Today, we are in the opening chapters of the "Information Revolution", which few of us understand, and still fewer can even contemplate. This book gives us some perspective as to what happens to society when "the earth moves".
Very good at placing Newton in ideological as well as scientific and historical context. Does a great job at explaining Newton's thought to the non-specialist and why it is still important.
Newton's fight with Hook and others was well narrated.
No, but I did want more.
Money well spent on a really interesting and informative read.