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.
"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 when little was known and everything was new. These brilliant, ambitious, curious men believed in angels, alchemy, and the devil, and they also believed that the universe followed precise, mathematical laws--a contradiction that tormented them and changed the course of history.
"The Clockwork Universe" is the fascinating and compelling story of the bewildered geniuses of the Royal Society, the men who made the modern world.
Автор: Dolnick Ben Название: At the Bottom of Everything ISBN: 0345803175 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780345803177 Издательство: Random House (USA) Цена: 1516 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
It's been ages since the "incident" that estranged former best friends Adam and Thomas, and Adam has long since decided he's better off, even if his own life hasn't exactly turned out as planned. Ten years after the two friends spoke their last words, Adam is working as a tutor, sleeping with the mother of a student, and spending most of his nights looking up his ex-girlfriend on Facebook.
But when he receives an email from Thomas's mother begging for his help, he finds himself drawn back into his old friend's world. Thomas hasn't been doing well, and now he's disappeared while traveling in India. As Adam embarks upon a magnificently strange and unlikely journey, Ben Dolnick unspools a tale of friendship, spiritual reckoning, and redemption.
Автор: Dolnick, Ben Название: You Know Who You Are ISBN: 030739087X ISBN-13(EAN): 9780307390875 Издательство: Random House (USA) Рейтинг: Цена: 1421 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: From the acclaimed author of Zoology comes this gorgeous novel of family life, as Jacob Vine, a middle child, copes with his mother's illness. In school and in love, Jacob experiments with the special privileges conferred on the motherless, and we see him stutter-step his way toward adulthood. A VINTAGE CONTEMPORARIES ORIGINAL.
Автор: Dolnick, Barrie Название: Simple Spells for Love ISBN: 060980006X ISBN-13(EAN): 9780609800065 Издательство: Random House (USA) Рейтинг: Цена: 1231 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Автор: Dolnick Ben Название: At the Bottom of Everything ISBN: 0307907988 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780307907981 Издательство: Random House (USA) Цена: 2371 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Автор: Dolnick, Barrie Название: Kabbalah made easy ISBN: 0749926899 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780749926892 Издательство: Little, Brown Рейтинг: Цена: 1645 р. Наличие на складе: Поставка под заказ.
Описание: Kabbalah is an ancient body of knowledge, a mystical pathway and a complex model of what/who God is, who you are, and most importantly, who you can be. This is an accessible book on this popular phenomenon in spirituality.
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