Book review from The Movie Snob.
The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society & the Birth of the Modern World, by Edward Dolnick (2011). Aw. I just pulled this book off the shelf and discovered it still bore a price tag from my beloved Borders Bookstore, may it rest in peace. Anyway, this is an enjoyable read about the scientific revolution in and around the time of Sir Isaac Newton. Dolnick keeps it pretty simple and even interesting, which is saying something considering that I generally find science pretty boring. But Dolnick knows how to tell a story, leavening the science stuff with juicy tidbits about the plague, methods of execution, and the wicked personal rivalries between some of the scientific figures of the day. I plan to send this volume on to my scientist sister and see what she thinks of it.