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Really great commentary, interesting perspective even if overtly biased (somewhat revisionist).
Even though some of the back stories were good, there were a lot of ones about cathedral imagery and far fewer about the interesting lives that the "scientists" (natural philosophers) led. If you enjoy hearing slightly more drawn out biographies about the scientists, then I highly recommend the very enjoyable Concise History of Everything, which is also on Audible.
I can't critique the professor too harshly though because it was informative to have a theologian scholar reflect on this time period when religion and natural philosophy were so often intertwined. Sometimes I was left wishing the professor understood the actual science behind the history as well as he knew to draw on obscure biblical references when discussing the divinity of natural philosophy. The Arabic scientific knowledge chapters were presented well but were way too brief. Eastern learning was entirely left out.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
It needs to be renamed to 'history of science in the West'.
The author needs to at least acknowledge that it doesn't cover scientific contributions from other parts of the world - especially India and China.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
How is this history of science from Antiquity to 1700s! Three major
cultures and their contributions are totally ignored namely Egyptians,
Indians and Chinese. If Roman engineers get coverage I think
Egyptians engineers should get some coverage as well. As far as we
know, ancient Greeks respected them for their achievements. Chinese
and Indian contributions to science are well documented but never even
mentioned in 36 lectures—let’s see a few—compass, paper making,
printing, gun power, Indo-Arabic numerals, material sciences,
astronomy, etc. And list goes on. Are these contributions not in
science but Roman bridges and European clocks are? This is really a
very poor attempt to paint Western History of Science as the history
of science of the entire World. Islamic contributions could not be
ignored as many started with old Greek text and Babylonia was included
as a starting point—alas could claim that civilization started in
17 of 20 people found this review helpful
Very enjoyable tour of the history of Science. Engaging lecturer, this book filled in gaps and contextualized things I already knew.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What would have made History of Science: Antiquity to 1700 better?
This book is part history of science and part apologia for misguided religious intrusion into same. The parts regarding the actions of the Catholic Church I found particularly vexing partly for their selectivity (if one is going to try to mitigate the wrongs the Church has done, include all of them--for example, never was any mention made of Hypatia and the saint who oversaw her execution) and partly because they simply do not belong in a course on science. Had I realized in advance that the lecturer was a winner of the Templeton prize, I would not have bought this book.
12 of 19 people found this review helpful
The narrator has long pauses that take away from the presentation.
The material is shallow but that is to be expected. This is for the small section of people whom are interested in the history of science but never had any formal study of it
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Professor Principe offers 36 well-organized, polished lectures in this course (which I've now heard for the second time).
He weaves common threads of discovery and development with (the part I find most fascinating) the complex motives, personalities and changing needs of the individuals and social structures of the eras considered.
The picture that emerges of household names like Galileo, Archimedes, Kepler, Newton, Copernicus &c. is often in stark contrast to the context-less barnacle-encrusted caricatures that are embedded in modern culture.
I still wish he would record a similar series for developments past the 17th century, but I'm glad to have spent my time and money on this course, and recommend it whole-heartedly to those who are interested in the rest of the story.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
this was a genuine learning experience that open my eyes to the real, honest survey of our history of science. there were surprises of major well-known characters, and there were discoveries of characters I never knew.
additionally, there were many surprising themes. For example, this series will certainly change many Minds about the so-called battle between religion and science.
I've listened to the entirety of these lectures twice now. just an enormous wealth of knowledge that is now bestowed to me.
This was a different view from any I have heard. The professor was very easy to listen too and comprehend. The course flowed well and was well rounded on topics. Unfortunately the professors religious affiliation is of no mystery right down to the denomination. He seems incapable at times to disassociate himself from religion to teach the course. I'm still wrestling with the whole "Galileo was a bad guy so he deserved what he got" section. However the perspective this provides gives insight for my own human psychology interest so I made the best of it. Overall it's worth listening to, if not perhaps for the reason it was produced.
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What does Professor Lawrence M. Principe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
His passion and enthusiasm make it all the more fun.
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Note : because all of the time that needed to be covered. It is more of a comprehensive overview. Not an indepth course. And there were some very minor mistakes regaurding the Arabic language (very minor). Wish he talked more about sience in the Arabic , Islamic world.
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