The Invention of Science

  • by David Wootton
  • Narrated by James Langton
  • 22 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A groundbreaking examination of the greatest event in history, the Scientific Revolution, and how it came to change the way we understand ourselves and our world.
We live in a world transformed by scientific discovery. Yet today science and its practitioners have come under political attack. In this fascinating history spanning continents and centuries, historian David Wootton offers a lively defense of science, revealing why the Scientific Revolution was truly the greatest event in our history.
The Invention of Science goes back 500 years in time to chronicle this crucial transformation, exploring the factors that led to its birth and the people who made it happen. Wootton argues that the Scientific Revolution was actually five separate yet concurrent events that developed independently but came to intersect and create a new worldview. Here are the brilliant iconoclasts - Galileo, Copernicus, Brahe, Newton, and many more curious minds from across Europe - whose studies of the natural world challenged centuries of religious orthodoxy and ingrained superstition.
From gunpowder technology, the discovery of the new world, movable type printing, perspective painting, and the telescope to the practice of conducting experiments, the laws of nature, and the concept of the fact, Wootton shows how these discoveries codified into a social construct and a system of knowledge ideas of truth, knowledge, progress. Ultimately he makes clear the link between scientific discovery and the rise of industrialization - and the birth of the modern world we know.


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- La Bookeria "La Bookeria"

Tedious, dryly academic

Would you try another book from David Wootton and/or James Langton?

I'd be very careful about trying another book from Wooton.

Has The Invention of Science turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I'm happy to read other history books on science.

What character would you cut from The Invention of Science?

The author. He's there too much, lecturing us on every detail. I'd prefer to have the people making discoveries be the caracters.

Any additional comments?

This book may be useful for an academic who wants every detail drawn out in excruciating detail, but it's painfully slow for me.

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- Chris "I love history and science."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-19-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.