The Clockwork Universe

Author: Edward Dolnick

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0062042262

Category: Science

Page: 416

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New York Times bestselling author Edward Dolnick brings to light the true story of one of the most pivotal moments in modern intellectual history—when a group of strange, tormented geniuses invented science as we know it, and remade our understanding of the world. Dolnick’s earth-changing story of Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the birth of modern science is at once an entertaining romp through the annals of academic history, in the vein of Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything, and a captivating exploration of a defining time for scientific progress, in the tradition of Richard Holmes’ The Age of Wonder.

The Clockwork Universe

Author: Edward Dolnick

Publisher: Harper Perennial

ISBN: 9780061719523

Category: History

Page: 416

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In a world of chaos and disease, one group of driven, idiosyncratic geniuses envisioned a universe that ran like clockwork. They were the Royal Society, the men who made the modern world. At the end of the seventeenth century, sickness was divine punishment, astronomy and astrology were indistinguishable, and the world’s most brilliant, ambitious, and curious scientists were tormented by contradiction. They believed in angels, devils, and alchemy yet also believed that the universe followed precise mathematical laws that were as intricate and perfectly regulated as the mechanisms of a great clock. The Clockwork Universe captures these monolithic thinkers as they wrestled with nature’s most sweeping mysteries. Award-winning writer Edward Dolnick illuminates the fascinating personalities of Newton, Leibniz, Kepler, and others, and vividly animates their momentous struggle during an era when little was known and everything was new—battles of will, faith, and intellect that would change the course of history itself.

After the Clockwork Universe

Author: Sally J Goerner,Triangle Center for Complex Systems

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780979868306


Page: 452

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We are in the midst of the most dramatic cultural shift in three hundred years. THis book explains why great change is simmering in all facets of our civilization, from economics and politics to science and spirituality. Our inherited concept of a mechanistic world -- a clockwork universe -- is giving way and the vision of a web world is rising to take its place. Goernerexplains the new and profound rethinking emerging across modern science, from anthropology to physics. The author then weaves current realities into these new scientific insights to create a fascinating vision of history and science progressing through upheavals and rebirths to the present day. Humankind too, is ound into the patterns and processes of this web world, and Goerner describes the already visible signs of an emerging Integral Society in which head, heart and soul need no longer be at odds. Integral culture has the potential to build a more sustainable and peaceful civilization. Yet, all great change comes as a result of pressure and the author warns that our present social and economic systems are already becoming unstable. If we do not integrate the core lessons of the web world -- learning, collaboration, and intricacy -- into our ways of life, we face the specter of collapse.

The Clockwork Girl

Author: Anna Mazzola

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1398703818

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 4562

'Historical fiction with a fantastical twist, done with verve and skill' IAN RANKIN 'An atmospheric and constantly surprising thriller' THE TIMES 'Kept me guessing until the end. An absolute masterpiece' JENNIFER SAINT 'A deliciously dark historical novel of thrilling originality' ESSIE FOX 'Spellbinding, gripping, immersive and deliciously gothic' ERIN KELLY 'Evocative, chilling, compelling' TAMMY COHEN 'Breathtakingly good' ABIR MUKHERJEE Paris, 1750. In the midst of an icy winter, as birds fall frozen from the sky, chambermaid Madeleine Chastel arrives at the home of the city's celebrated clockmaker and his clever, unworldly daughter. Madeleine is hiding a dark past, and a dangerous purpose: to discover the truth of the clockmaker's experiments and record his every move, in exchange for her own chance of freedom. For as children quietly vanish from the Parisian streets, rumours are swirling that the clockmaker's intricate mechanical creations, bejewelled birds and silver spiders, are more than they seem. And soon Madeleine fears that she has stumbled upon an even greater conspiracy. One which might reach to the very heart of Versailles... A intoxicating story of obsession, illusion and the price of freedom.

Embrace the Infinite

Author: Anthony Mannucci

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1846948738

Category: Religion

Page: 113

View: 3516

Has the modern scientific world robbed our lives of a deeper sense of meaning and purpose? Has science rendered God irrelevant? Or can science actually bring us towards a deeper spiritual understanding and a greater sense of joy in our daily lives? Space scientist and physicist Anthony Mannucci explores these questions from a unique point of view. He begins by stating the obvious: everyone wants a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives. How to achieve it? Dr. Mannucci’s narrative takes us down a path where science is a starting point for something deeper. He reveals an Absolute Truth that is central to science and to our nature as spiritual beings. Dr. Mannucci expertly explains the power and the limitations of science. He reveals that science and spirituality are not distant cousins but in fact share a bond. What follows is an exploration of mind, and how exploring the nature of mind leads us to a deeper appreciation of our spiritual nature. Dr. Mannucci shows how the right words and ideas can change your life. In concluding the book, Dr. Mannucci discusses the importance of mystery and awe, two emotions familiar to every scientist. You will find the ideas in this book original and refreshing, conveying a message of hope and joy. Those who embrace these words will not regret their decision.

The Reassuring Universe

Author: Don Ray

Publisher: Don Ray

ISBN: 0615565018

Category: Religion

Page: 136

View: 6307

Welcome to a voyage through a universe of personal relevance, potential, and purpose. The voyage will cross the blank space on the map between science and spirit. The text invokes quotes from a broad spectrum of traditions, with Brian Greene and the Bhagavad-Gita sharing space with Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian sources.