Day the Universe Changed

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Little, Brown, Nov 29, 2009 - History - 352 pages
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The Day the Universe Changed presents a sweeping view of the history of science, technology, and human civilization and examines the moments in history when a change in knowledge radically altered man's understanding of himself and the world around him.
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.
  • 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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User Review  - bfgar - LibraryThing

When James Burke's new series started on PBS, I had been back in school for a while. My first semester back, I took a course called the "History of Science to 1600," purely on speculation. I had ... Read full review

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User Review  - 5hrdrive - LibraryThing

I usually find this sort of book highly interesting, sadly though that was not the case here. I remember the PBS series as coming up somewhat short of Burke's earlier Connections series as well. If ... Read full review


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