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The Clockwork Universe Audiobook

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

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The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with natures most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

At the end of the 17th century, an age of religious wars, plague, and the Great Fire of London when most people saw the world as falling apart, these earliest scientists saw a world of perfect order. They declared that, chaotic as it looked, the universe was in fact as intricate and perfectly regulated as a clock. This was the tail end of Shakespeare's century, when the natural and the supernatural still twined around each other. Disease was a punishment ordained by God, astronomy had not yet broken free from astrology, and the sky was filled with omens. It was a time when little was known and everything was new. These brilliant, ambitious, curious men believed in angels, alchemy, and the devil, and they also believed that the universe followed precise, mathematical laws, a contradiction that tormented them and changed the course of history. The Clockwork Universe is the fascinating and compelling story of the bewildered geniuses of the Royal Society, the men who made the modern world.

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©2011 Edward Dolnick (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    David Carter 08-23-16 Member Since 2015

    I am a retired high school science and math teacher.I love listening to science, religion, and philosophy audiobooks.

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    "The Best of the Best"

    This audiobook seems perfect. There is a ton of science history with many minute details. The reader is excellent.
    This piece should be required reading for all high school science teachers. Anyone with an appreciation of the great scientists of history would greatly enjoy this work.

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    Ripley 07-14-16
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    the story was well told, it laid out what life was like in the Era. This really helped build the landscape and thinking of these great minds.

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    Robert H. 07-13-16
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    "A history of nutty mathematicians!!!"
    If you could sum up The Clockwork Universe in three words, what would they be?

    Mathematics creates ALL.


    Have you listened to any of Alan Sklar’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No--but great narration and voice inflection which is needed for such lengthy and detailed accounts of the history of math and it's involvement in all things.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The eccentricity of these famous mathematicians moved me. They seemed moved by a force within that was out of their own control. Many times these key players are troubled and misunderstood. These geniuses are difficult to deal with. Colleagues and family members often suffer because of the narcissism frequently seen in their personalities. This was a wonderful review of Isaac Newton and the Royal Society and enjoyable even if you aren't an egghead.


    Any additional comments?

    Truth is stranger than fiction. These historical characters can be funny at times and downright despicable at other times.

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    Keith J. Mcaleer Los Angeles, CA 07-11-16
    Keith J. Mcaleer Los Angeles, CA 07-11-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Very Interesting narrative and characters"

    This book was great. I loved learning about the characters in the Royal Society and others. There is quite a bit of attention paid to Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz, which I really liked. It was also nice to learn about the discoveries that were being made and how they affected popular beliefs surrounding God and Science and the nature of the universe.

    Additionally, the narrator was great and it was easy to follow and pick up at any time.

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    le G 07-02-16
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    "Painful narration"

    Terrible narrator, starts slowly and then gets interesting in the last quarter. Good for the background to the discoveries and the people rather than the pure science.

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    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 05-28-16
    Nancy Waterloo, ON, Canada 05-28-16 Member Since 2014

    I love learning, teaching, and exploring!

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    I loved this book! It was fascinating to hear about the motivations and stories from some of the early science icons. The book is presented almost like a story and the narrator was excellent!

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    "Fascinating history with a skilled narrator"

    I am a professional historian, so if history is not your thing then take my review with a grain of salt. This book is very well written (though it is geared toward a lay audience so it's sometimes a bit repetitive) and the narrator is one of my favorites.

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    Frank Andrusiewicz Bucks County, PA 04-19-16
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    "an excellent listen"

    well narrated, interesting balance of slice of life, technical theory and historical fact. for those curious about the ideas and the men behind them.

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    Philip Blonde Keller, TX 04-19-16
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    "Good book, a little repetitive at times."

    a good in depth account of the period and it's mindset. good performance too. it gets a little repetitive at times when the author tried to illustrate the same facts over and over.

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    King grant Ft.Lauderdale Fl 04-19-16
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    "If you think you are smart then read this book!"
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    After reading this book, I have decided I am only 350 years behind the learning curve.I am starting anew with more inspiration!.

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