The Clockwork Universe: saac Newto, Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern WorldI

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Harper Collins, Feb 8, 2011 - History - 416 pages
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New York Times bestselling author Edward Dolnick brings to light the true story of one of the most pivotal moments in modern intellectual history—when a group of strange, tormented geniuses invented science as we know it, and remade our understanding of the world. Dolnick’s earth-changing story of Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the birth of modern science is at once an entertaining romp through the annals of academic history, in the vein of Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, and a captivating exploration of a defining time for scientific progress, in the tradition of Richard Holmes’ The Age of Wonder.
 

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

User Review  - Raiveran Rabbit - Goodreads

I tried to finish this. Twice. But it was too circuitous for me, and there was too much anecdotal, or perhaps I just disliked it going back and forth from narration to explanation and graphics. Too meandering for me, but that doesn't mean it's not a good book to try. Read full review

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

Respectable summary of an interesting time period, but I got tired of reading "as one historian writes...". How does it pass editorial inspection when so much of a book is composed of quotations/synthesis from secondary sources and the Internet? Read full review

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Contents

London 1660
3
Satans Claws
7
The End of the World
13
When Spotted Death Ran Armd
20
Melancholy Streets
25
Fire
29
God at His Drawing Table
34
The Idea That Unlocked the World
42
Tears of Joy
152
Walrus with a Golden Nose
157
Cracking the Cosmic Safe
162
The View from the Crows Nest
169
Sputnik in Orbit 1687
177
Hidden in Plain Sight
182
Two Rocks and a Rope
187
A Fly on the Wall
190

Euclid and Unicorns
50
The Boys Club
58
To the Barricades
66
Dogs and Rascals
72
A Dose of Poison
76
OfMitesandMen
83
A Play Without an Audience
90
All in Pieces
97
PART TWO HOPE AND MONSTERS
103
Never Seen Until This Moment
105
Flies as Big as a Lamb
114
From Earthworms to Angels
120
The Parade of the Horribles
126
Shuddering Before the Beautiful
129
Patterns Made with Ideas
135
Gods Strange Cryptography
140
The Secret Plan
145
Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare
194
Here Be Monsters
200
Barricaded Against the Beast
207
Out of the Whirlpool
212
PART THREE INTO THE LIGHT
217
All Men Are Created Equal
219
The Miracle Years
225
All Mystery Banished
233
Talking Dogs and Unsuspected Powers
237
The World in CloseUp
244
The Best of All Possible Feuds
259
A Visit to Cambridge
278
The System of the World
293
In Search of God
307
Acknowledgments
321
Bibliography
353
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Edward Dolnick is the author of Down the Great Unknown, The Forger’s Spell, and the Edgar Award-winning The Rescue Artist. A former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, he lives with his wife near Washington, D.C.

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