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Out of the Shadow of a Giant

Hooke, Halley and the Birth of Science
Narrated by: John Curless
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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What if Newton had never lived? A compelling dual biography argues that Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley easily could have filled the giant's shoes - and deserve credit for the birth of modern science.

Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose place in history has been overshadowed by the giant figure of Newton, were pioneering scientists within their own right and instrumental in establishing the Royal Society. Although Newton is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and the father of the English Scientific Revolution, John and Mary Gribbin uncover the fascinating story of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose scientific achievements neatly embrace the hundred years or so during which science as we know it became established. They argue persuasively that, even without Newton, science would have made a great leap forward in the second half of the 17th century, headed by two extraordinary figures: Hooke and Halley.

©2017 John and Mary Gribbin (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Wonderful sleeper of a book!

I admit to being biased as I love this period of scientific history. I didn’t expect much although I have read several of Gribbin’s books. I just was not aware of how much Hooke and Halley had done and so did not expect a riveting read. It was a great surprise and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. The key (I believe) is that Hooke left us with several diaries and so the book is charged with much interesting detail. I will be re-reading it again in the near future. I highly recommend it if this era is of interest to you.

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An 'Alternate Perspective' Book

Makes the case that the main shoulder that Newton was standing on was Hook's, while giving some recognition to Haley as well. A bit of a slam on Newton in some respects, some points well known, others eye openings...

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