The historical references and connections to math and physics.
Significance to the history of the world.
Enthusiastic vibrating bass
Made me want to scream "Math Rules!"
If you like math and science but not so much history this will make history more interesting.
Fascinating history of how the study of natural science originated in England, providing for the first time a hope of replacing universal superstition and ignorance. Focuses on investigations conducted during the 1600s, mostly in England and also in Germany, Holland, France, Italy.
First thing I did when I finished the book was to begin it again; it was that enjoyable and informative. Thank you, Edward Dolnick, wherever you are !
I suspect this book was written for folks who are relatively unfamiliar with the history of Newton's discoveries and involvement with the English Royal Society. The story timeline was jumpy, moving from early years to late, then back to early and late, again. Had I not already known this tale, I would have been pretty confused about the sequence of events after listening to this account. Additionally, the narrative was excessively repetitive. There are numerous wonderful books explaining the history of Newtons discoveries, but this one is not among them. However, the narrator does a fantastic job, the content was just poor.
I am listening for a second and third time. I am using the understanding of the invention of calculus as well as limits in the graduate engineering courses I teach. This is incredibly interesting to me to find out after taking numerous math and engineering courses why Calculus was invented and by whom. Plus how the concepts of infinitesimal and infinite fit into to history. Very well done and lots of context about the seventeenth century so you feel like you could go back to the days of Newton and Leibnitz and feel at home.
None I know of. I am going to search for more.
Explanation of Newton's "I have seen farther standing on the shoulders of giants" comment.
I am listening to The Clockwork Universe again. There is so much information and the book is so interesting it's one of the few books I've felt compelled to listen to again.
The book gives the culture, belief system and politics during the time the Royal Society began. The author is able to make very complicated ideas pretty simple to understand.
One of the best books I've listened to. Educational and interesting. I recommend this book highly.
Scientific Revolution 101
I loved hearing how the Royal Society was basically a group getting together to try scientific experiments as more of a social club than a laboratory. Looking back from the 21st century makes some of their experiments seem like high school pranks.
Dolnick describes the Galileo, Kepler, Newton and several other great scientific minds as mere mortals with egos. He brings dimension to world issues they were facing during their lifetimes, like the Plague. He presents the moral challenges these men faced with tying teachings from the bible and natural laws together. He explains their social-economic backgrounds and how this influenced their research as well as their peers and rivals. And he does it in a way that is fresh and entertaining.
Ancient Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor
In a world of chaos and uncertainty, a small group of men formed a society that plumbed the deepest secrets of the known universe and discovered an underlying order that astonished and amazed them. Follow the stories of Kepler, Galileo, Newton, and Leibniz as they wrestle with new and unfamiliar concepts and joint them in wonder as a toatlly different sort of universe emerges before their eyes. This is a very exciting read and Alan Sklar does it justice. I listended to it twice in a row.
It was a great story and the naration was first rate.
The discussion of Newton's conflicts with Leibnitz and Hooke
I have read a good bit about this era in phsysics before but found out a lot of Newton and his contemporaries. Also the author put the science in the context of the times
Wish I had heard this 50 years ago. Math might have made more sense. Slopes reach limits.
The book would have made Math studies more interesting to me as a Middle school student. Opened up the reasoning behind the discovery of Calculus.
It was well written and showed the reader the history behind the discovery of the Math that lead to the scientific discoveries concerning astronomy from the 17th century to now.
Also showing that the primary purpose of the work that the early astronomers was to show /explain the hand of God in the universe design.