Saturday, November 5, 2016
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society and the Birth of the Modern World
This is the story of how Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, Johannes Keplar, and Gottfried Leibniz invented science as we know it and the Royal Society provided a way to disseminate the knowledge to others in similar pursuits. Those early scientists and mathematicians were not pursuing science for science's sake. Rather they saw their task as a way of breaking the unknowable codes of God's creation thereby creating a stronger connection to deity. However, some, such as Galileo, ran afoul of the church when theories countermanded then current belief. Much of the book involves Newton's and Gottfried Leibniz's creation of calculus, the mathematics that allowed for explaining the movement of the planets, objects in space, and gravitational force. While this book does contain mathematical and technical formulas, they are presented in an easy to understand way. What could have been a dry tome is actually quite readable and interesting. And it has a cool cover.