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The clockwork universe : Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the birth of the modern world
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Harper, c2011.
Physical Description:
xviii, 378 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Chaos. London, 1660 ; Satan's claws ; The end of the world ; "When spotted death ran arm'd through every street" ; Melancholy streets ; Fire ; God at His drawing table ; The idea that unlocked the world ; Euclid and unicorns ; The boys' club ; To the barricades! ; Dogs and rascals ; A dose of poison ; Of mites and men ; A play without an audience ; All in pieces -- Hope and monsters. Never seen until this moment ; Flies as big as a lamb ; From earthworms to angels ; The Parade of the Horribles ; "Shuddering before the beautiful" ; Patterns made with ideas ; God's strange cryptography ; The secret plan ; Tears of joy ; Walrus with a golden nose ; Cracking the cosmic safe ; The view from the crow's nest ; Sputnik in orbit, 1687 ; Hidden in plain sight ; Two rocks and a rope ; A fly on the wall ; "Euclid alone has looked on beauty bare" ; Here be monsters! ; Barricaded against the beast ; Out of the whirlpool -- Into the light. All men are created equal ; The miracle years ; All mystery banished ; Talking dogs and unsuspected powers ; The world in close-up ; When the cable snaps ; The best of all possible feuds ; Battle's end ; The apple and the moon ; A visit to Cambridge ; Newton bears down ; Trouble with Mr. Hooke ; The system of the world ; Only three people ; Just crazy enough ; In search of God.
A"New York Times"-bestselling author presents the true story of a pivotal moment in modern history when a group of strange, tormented geniuses--Isaac Newton chief among them--invented science and remade our understanding of the world.
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