The Clockwork Universe

Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

Ranked #20 in History Of Science, Ranked #75 in Philosophy Of Sciencesee more rankings.

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...

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