Day the Universe Changed

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Little, Brown, Nov 29, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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In The Day the Universe Changed, James Burke examines eight periods in history when our view of the world shifted dramatically: in the eleventh century, when extraordinary discoveries were made by Spanish crusaders; in fourteenth-century Florence, where perspective in painting emerged; in the fifteenth century, when the advent of the printing press shook the foundations of an oral society; in the sixteenth century, when gunnery developments triggered the birth of modern science; in the early eighteenth century, when hot English summers brought on the Industrial Revolution; in the battlefield surgery stations of the French revolutionary armies, where people first became statistics; in the nineteenth century, when the discovery of dinosaur fossils led to the theory of evolution; and in the 1820s, when electrical experiments heralded the end of scientific certainty. Based on the popular television documentary series, The Day the Universe Changed is a bestselling history that challenges the reader to decide whether there is absolute knowledge to discover - or whether the universe is "ultimately what we say it is".
 

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Review: The Day the Universe Changed: How Galileo's Telescope Changed the Truth

User Review  - Matthew Heil - Goodreads

A good book packed with lots of exciting ideas. I don't know that I agree with all of Burke's coupling of historic events and "causes" but there is plenty to stimulate the mind here. Very enjoyable and Burke is an excellent writer. Read full review

Review: The Day the Universe Changed: How Galileo's Telescope Changed the Truth

User Review  - James Henderson - Goodreads

James Burke has a unique way of bringing the complexity of science to a clear and simple explanation that one never seemed to grasp in school. Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
The Way We Are
In the Light of the Above
Point of View
Matter of Fact
Infinitely Reasonable
Credit Where Its Due
What the Doctor Ordered
Fit to Rule
Making Waves
Worlds Without End
Bibliography
Picture Acknowledgements
Copyright

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