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

By Edward Dolnick

Synopsis: 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.

Published: February 2011 | ISBN-13: 978-0061719523

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The Clockwork Universe was one of the best science books I read in 2014. It was a fascinating mix of the history of western science, the Royal Society and the competition between Newton and Leibniz. It deftly moves between different periods of time, taking us from a time when events occurring were attributed to God to the modern scientific method. A great examination of the history of science. – @popsciguyoz

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