The Fellowship: Gilbert, Bacon, Harvey, Wren, Newton, and

The Fellowship: Gilbert, Bacon, Harvey, Wren, Newton, and the Story of a Scentific Revolution Seventeenth century England was racked by civil war, plague, and fire, a world ruled by superstition and ignorance But then a series of meetings of natural philosophers in Oxford and London saw the beginning of a new method of thinking based on proof and experiment At the heart of this renaissance were the founding fathers of modern western science The Royal Society John Gribbin s gripping, colorful account of this unparalleled time of discovery explores the birth of the Society and brings its prime movers to life Gribbin shows how the triumph of the scientific revolution changed the world and still continues to change ityears later The Fellowship reveals that all that ensued was ultimately not the work of any single isolated genius, but of a Fellowship of brave and inquisitive men in search of the truth


10 thoughts on “The Fellowship: Gilbert, Bacon, Harvey, Wren, Newton, and the Story of a Scentific Revolution

  1. says:

    Like a lot of people who ve reviewed this book here, I m a big fan of the Quicksilver trilogy by Neal Stephenson.I came across this book and my interest was piqued, wanting to read a bitabout the facts behind Stephenson s novels.I feel I should point out if not stress the fact that this is a piece of historical writing, it s not a novel, it doesn t have the pace or entertainment factor that a novel would have It s a book about the foundation of a scientific society, so of course it can b Lik


  2. says:

    After reading Neal Stephenson s Quicksilver , I became enthralled with the beginning days of the Royal Society and how it all blended with the beheading of King Charles 1, the Fire of London and the invention of the Scientific method This book is not well written compared to many others of its ilk The author isinterested in chronicalling than analyzing He has many references and quotations all of which are left in their original Elizabethan English, which is annoying considering he al After readin


  3. says:

    This book presents the origins of the Royal Society and the scientific revolution asof a team effort than solely the work of lone geniuses such as Newton It brings up some of the usually underappreciated characters from this period, such as William Gilbert, Robert Hooke and John Wilkins It argues that a major factor was that the Royal Society already from its beginnings aimed to promote experimental science and was not content to be just another science appreciation club for gentlemen T This book presen


  4. says:

    This is the history of the first real scientists, the beginnings of the Royal Society I read it mainly because I was interested in knowing what was true and false in Neal Stephenson s Baroque trilogy Like any history book, it spends too much of the book giving dates for my taste I want to know what happened before, after, and at the same time as an event, but the specific numerical date I find impossible to hold in my head I can t tell you anythingabout the dates after reading this boo This is the history of


  5. says:

    Very interesting I found out a lot I didn t know about this period in the history of science It was well written and easy to read.


  6. says:

    What do I know about Robert Hook I surely have heard that surname before It comes in one of those chapters that are kept for the last, called elasticity Hooke s law y kx where k is spring constant This law was put forth after his experiments on spring, where he figured out that the pull of the spring is proportional to the displacement, obviously The interesting thing is that it was used to put forth the idea of force for the first time that was before Newton put forth his laws of mot What do I know about Robert Hook I s


  7. says:

    A plodding account of the events of the scientific revolution as one reviewer put it, and I totally agree The begging was quite good but the middle was so boring and the end a complete anti climax This book isa set of brief biographies than a real insight into the beginnings of the royal society I found the first few chapters regarding Galileo, Gilbert and Bacon quite interesting but as the book went on I couldn t help but skip large parts of the middle chapters It seems the most A plodding account of the events of the scienti


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    The story of the scientific revolution and how it came about Prior to their efforts, science was conducted by way of discourse, the Aristotelian method No one would ever consider get their hands dirty.But gradually the idea that science needed to be ocnducted by way of repeated experiment and observation began to take hold The three men who dominate this book, Robert Hooke, Isaac Newton and Edmund Halley, firmly established the scientific method and the reputation of the Royal Society.Excelle The story of the scientific revolution a


  9. says:

    A great exploration of the Scientific Revolution, in particular the creation of the Royal Society of London John Gribbin covers all the great scientists of the Age, from Gallileo to Sir Francis Bacon to Isaac Newton He also spends a lot of time with some lesser known, but equally as important, scientists like William Gilbert, Robert Hooke, and Edmond Halley of comet fame actually pronounced Hawley, not Hally or Haley And who knew that Christopher Wren was as much an astronomer as an archit A great exploration of the Scientific Revolution,


  10. says:

    Gribbin is probably the best writer today to take complex scientific ideas and make them knowable to the average reader Here he takes the members of the famous 17th century Royal Society of England and illuminates the rise of the modern inductive, empirical age of science As one reviewer said, it is rich and readable 5 stars


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