After reading this book, I have decided I am only 350 years behind the learning curve.I am starting anew with more inspiration!.
Calculus, Gravity, God
Great book summarizing the world of math, science, astronomy, physics and God's role in the real physical world in the 17th century.
It has been a while since I read up on important historical figures of that time frame, but after listening to this book, I am thinking I want a more in depth knowledge of Galileo, Kepler, Leibniz and Newton.
The author ties these people and others of the time as well as the pervading world view (God is the ultimate creator) into a seamless summary of the 17th centuries greatest contributions to the world of math and science.
This is a really interesting history for non-scientists. I count myself as a non-scientist/mathematician but found this narrative easy to understand and quite interesting. It reads a lot like a really good thriller.
Love the subject matter but did not enjoy this book. Reads with the literary maturity of a high school essay. Random and disjointed thoughts, odd references to modern times, heavy religious overtones, and squirrelly narration made this my least favorite audiobook to date (of nearly 100 titles).
A great review or restatement of information for a long time fan of the time period and historical people. .
I first became interested in the royal society from reading Neal Stephenson's' Baroque cycle. An exquisitely researched and written historical fiction novel.
For the first chapter of the book I was really worried that his soft and melodic tone would cause me to fall asleep. He is however a great narrator and I found his performance and presentation to be interesting,energetic and done in an excellent tone that matched what he was reading.
No, but It was a great book to listen to bit by bit. Chapters are shortish about 12 minutes on average so it made picking up and or stopping very easy.
If you like science and want some more science history; this is a nice choice. I don't finish a ton of books, but I made it all the way through in a relatively short period. Now on to some Einstein vs Bohr.
I really liked the descriptions of how life was in this time. Very clear and accurate picture.
Learning how paranoid newton was of his rivals
Leibnitz was an amazing mathematician who never got his due because of newton and the way life unfolded for him....
No - the story just stuck with me for days after finishing it
narrator was good
Narrator kept it interesting if a bit condescending
Will put I my short list of books to listen to again.
Historical fiction had nothing on the history of our world view.
I will recommend this book other science geeks,