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.
yes, because it's too much information to absorb in one go
how could you do that to history novel?
he's my favorite narrator. Makes everything fun to listen to
absolutely not. Way to meaty
Very nice expose into the time and the characters that formed the bedrock for much of the modern age of science. It was fascinating to hear about the culture and the personalities of these great thinkers.
This is a good book that becomes great listening thanks to a very skillful reading. Alan Sklar is like your witty drinking buddy who tells you the story of meeting Isaac Newton over a pint at the local pub.
This book drifts endlessly around the topic of 17th centruy physics, never really going anywhere. Never have such interesting characters (Gallileo, Newton, Descartes) seemed so lifeless and distant. God plays the biggest role, with the author speculating on what the characters thought of him and his great design -- with little documentation to back up the speculation.
Narration wasn't bad, but a bit too "academic". He probably did the best he could with such weeak material.
Not worth your time. At least, not worth mine.
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.