The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World (Hardcover)

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    The New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed science writer Edward Dolnick brings to light the true story of a pivotal moment in modern history, when a group of strange, tormented geniuses---including Isaac Newton---invented science and remade o...

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    EDWARD DOLNICK is the author of The Forger's Spell, Down the Great Unknown, The Rescue Artist, and Madness on the Couch. A former chief science writer at the Boston Globe, he has written for the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. He lives with his wife near Washington, D.C.
    The New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed science writer Edward Dolnick brings to light the true story of a pivotal moment in modern history, when a group of strange, tormented geniuses---including Isaac Newton---invented science and remade our understanding of the world.

    The Clockwork Universe is the story of a band of men who lived in a world of dirt and disease but pictured a universe that ran like a perfect machine. A meld of history and science, this book is a group portrait of some of the greatest minds who ever lived as they wrestled with nature's most sweeping mysteries. The answers they uncovered still hold the key to how we understand the world.

    At the end of the seventeenth century---an age of religious wars, plague, and the Great Fire of London---when most people saw the world as falling apart, these earliest scientists saw a world of perfect order. They declared that, chaotic as it looked, the universe was in fact as intricate and perfectly regulated as a clock. This was the tail end of Shakespeare's century, when the natural and the supernatural still twined around each other. Disease was a punishment ordained by God, astronomy had not yet broken free from astrology, and the sky was filled with omens. It was a time when little was known and everything was new. These brilliant, ambitious, curious men believed in angels, alchemy, and the devil, and they also believed that the universe followed precise, mathematical laws---a contradiction that tormented them and changed the course of history.

    The Clockwork Universe is the fascinating and compelling story of the bewildered geniuses of the Royal Society, the men who made the modern world.

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    ISBN 9780061719516
    Genre SCIENCE / History
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 378
    Publisher Date 2011-02-08 00:00:00.0
    Publisher HarperCollins
    Copyright Year 2011
    Height 10.0 in
    Wdth 6.75 in
    Thickness 1.5 in
    Unit weight 1.3 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Dolnick, Edward

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