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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In the Light of the Above
Point of View
Matter of Fact
Infinitely Reasonable
Credit Where Its
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Fit to Rule
Making Waves
Worlds Without
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James Burke is the author of several bestselling books, including "Circles, American Connections, " and "The Knowledge Web." He is a monthly columnist at "Scientific American" and also serves as director, writer, and host of the television series "Connections 3" on The Learning Channel. He is the founder of the James Burke Institute for Innovation in Education, whose flagship project, the Knowledge Web, an interactive website, was recently launched. He lives in London.

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