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The Scientific Revolution:  The Best One-Hour History

The Scientific Revolution: The Best One-Hour History [Kindle Edition]

Robert Freeman

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The Scientific Revolution is the story of how Europeans broke out of the intellectual stagnation of the Middle Ages. It details the limitations of the Aristotelian system and the way that a new “scientific method” proved superior. It discusses the surprising roles that religion played in science’s early years and concludes with a brief tour through the major fields of science and the scientists who founded them.

The Best One-Hour History series is for those who want a quick but coherent overview of major historical events. It will also serve those who need a competent high-level introduction before going further. Each volume provides a clear and concise account of the episode under discussion. In about an hour, the reader will obtain a well-grounded understanding of why each subject holds iconic status in Western Civilization.

About the Author

Robert Freeman’s reputation for clarity in summing up historical events is legendary. His classes score among the highest in the nation on the College Board Advanced Placement Exams. He is formerly Vice President of International Marketing at Sybase, one of the largest software companies in the world, and is the founder of One Dollar For Life, a national non-profit that enables high school students to build schools in the developing world for a dollar. He holds a B.S. from Santa Clara University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 837 KB
  • Print Length: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Kendall Lane Publishers (25 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All of Freeman's One Hour Histories 15 April 2014
By Robert T. Latham - Published on
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Excellent digests that provide the big picture perspective. They all reference each other when appropriate. A handy and valuable reference resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You'll Need 8 Jan 2014
By Aaron Justice - Published on
While this book centers around the Scientific Revolution, it truly surveys sets out to survey two thousand years of dominant epistemologies where the Scientific Revolution provides the greatest change. The author traces similarities in thoughts from the pre-socratics to Aristotle to Aquinas' scholasticism to the scientific process. If this sounds boring to you, trust me: the author's knack for lucid explanations and impassioned analysis on the concrete effects of these thoughts makes the story actually enjoyable to read.

Keep in mind, the book's audience is people desiring a better understanding of history, not in-depth philosophy. As any student of history would want, more attention is paid to the impacts of the scientific process rather than the precise interplay between induction and deduction, for instance. This ultimately pays off.

So does this book actually only take an hour to read? Well, it took me fifty minutes, but people read at different paces. No matter how long it takes, this book won't blaze by you. You'll be reminded of re-occurring themes as you continue the book and the individual stories of each scientist are articulated such that they can easily be referenced later and also are succinct enough to be remembered reasonably well. For students, there's also some neat information in the back of the book that basically translates into a study guide. Overall, it's hard to find a book better than this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another interesting and quick One-Hour History book! 9 Dec 2013
By Stephanie Verhaegen (Bookfever) - Published on
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Thanks to the awesome people at Smith Publicity for sending me review copies, I had to chance to review this book (together with The Protestant Reformation, which I have read and reviewed already.)

The Scientific Revolution: The Best One-Hour History by Robert Freeman was another brilliant, interesting and informative book that the history nerd inside of me devoured quickly.

I've already read three of The Best One-Hour History books now but I am so happy to say that I still think they're amazing. The Scientific Revolution would be my second favorite (the first one being The Renaissance). It was full of very informative material and I've come across some very compelling quotes to which I will feature below.
But I must admit that for reviewing these books I've reached the point of 'what else can I say about these books?' because they've been all positive for me so far. I don't like repeating myself but still I want to keep reading these, or at least the ones that are about the era's in history that I'm interested in.

I've always been interested in this subject, the Scientific Revolution. Without all these events happening we would clearly not be living as we do today, that's for sure. I loved learning more about how it slowly came to be, not because of one person, but several. It also shows how people can change and not let one institute be in control.

Oh, and I also like the appendix at the end and the timeline too!
5.0 out of 5 stars AND NOT A MINUTE WASTED !!!! 1 Sep 2014
By Kay of Pa - Published on
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For me, this book was truly excellent. I am reading Richard Tarnus, " The Passion of the Western Mind". I am to the discussion of the scientific revolution. Robert Freeman brought everything going on during this period into perspective for me. His book "The Scientific Revolution" although short is packed like "sardines" with an amazing amount of information. I loved every minute it took to read and soak in all the knowledge he shared about that exciting period of history.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing overview of the subject - in one hour of reading! 17 Aug 2014
By Carrie Zeidman - Published on
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Robert Freeman has a gift for teaching you everything you need to know in an hour. I was skeptical about learning anything in an hour, but I was astonished at the level of knowledge I got out of his books in an hour. I felt as if I had taken an entire semester (at least) of history classes. I can't recommend them enough for anyone that wants an overview of what was happening at any point in history. Read one and you'll be hooked!
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