The Science of Liberty

  • by Timothy Ferris
  • Narrated by Fred Stella
  • 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his most important book to date, award-winning author Timothy Ferris — “the best popular science writer in the English language today” (Christian Science Monitor) — makes a passionate case for science as the inspiration behind the rise of liberalism and democracy. Ferris argues that just as the scientific revolution rescued billions from poverty, fear, hunger, and disease, the Enlightenment values it inspired has swelled the number of persons living in free and democratic societies from less than 1 percent of the world population four centuries ago to more than a third today. Ferris deftly investigates the evolution of these scientific and political revolutions, demonstrating that they are inextricably bound. He shows how science was integral to the American Revolution but misinterpreted in the French Revolution; reflects on the history of liberalism, stressing its widely underestimated and mutually beneficial relationship with science; and surveys the forces that have opposed science and liberalism — from communism and fascism to postmodernism and Islamic fundamentalism. A sweeping intellectual history, The Science of Liberty is a stunningly original work that transcends the antiquated concepts of left and right.

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Yes, the west is best, or better

As biased as that sounds, this book makes me appreciate more being part of, and having been raised in the west. The book might be a bit too enthusiastic at times, but nevertheless there is nothing that I could disagree with, at least as non-expert in the subject.
It felt like great lecture given a great professor, one that makes the students leave the class smiling.
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- Dennis

It's kind of preachy.

First off, I like Timothy Ferris. A lot. But this book was way too far on the prescriptive side and not enough on the descriptive side for me. I recommend Coming of Age in the Milky Way and The World Treasury of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics.
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- Lindsay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio