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|| 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...
|| Electronic reproduction. New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2011. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 18051 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).