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The Sensorium of God: The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Book II (The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Stuart Clark
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In the mid-17th century Edmond Halley, adventurer and astronomer, visits reclusive alchemist and fearsome mathematician, Isaac Newton, in Cambridge. No one understands why the planets move as Kepler so elegantly described almost a century earlier, and Halley asks Newton for help with solving the problem. Little does Halley know that this simple question will plunge both their lives into crisis, push Europe headlong towards the Age of the Enlightenment and catapult science into its next decisive clash with religion. The Sensorium of God is the second of a trilogy of novels inspired by the dramatic struggles, personal and professional, and key historical events in man's quest to understand the Universe.

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This book will certainly enhance his reputation. --Sir Patrick Moore, BBC Sky at Night.

'If you enjoy historical novels then this would be a good and unusual choice (even if you don't have a particular interest in science) focusing as it does as much on ideas as on the fascinating and flawed individuals who grappled with those ideas.' --New Books Mag

'I can't recommend The Sky's Dark Labyrinth trilogy highly enough' --Kathy Stevenson, Daily Mail

About the Author

Stuart Clark is a former editor of the UK's bestselling popular astronomy magazine Astronomy Now and a visiting fellow of the University of Hertfordshire. His most recent book, The Sun Kings (Princeton University Press, 2007), established him as a popular science writer par excellence. Last year Stuart further honed his storytelling skills by working for the BBC to develop ten stories for a forthcoming science-based drama series, Stormshield, and writing the outline for the astronomy episode of a forthcoming BBC2 series on the history of science. Most recently, he has dramatized and read a portion of The Sun Kings for Radio 3.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 924 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon (2 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00722SE34
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Journalist, award-winning author and broadcaster, Stuart Clark is a brilliant storyteller. Fiction or non-fiction, his work is written with conviction and with passion. In recent years, he has devoted his career to presenting the complex and dynamic world of astronomy to the general public.
His latest work is the pioneering trilogy The Sky's Dark Labyrinth. In the way that CJ Sansom's hugely successful Shardlake series marries crime writing with popular history, so The Sky's Dark Labyrinth trilogy blends gripping, original historical fiction with popular science.
Stuart holds a first-class honours degree and a phd in astrophysics. A Visiting Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, he is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a former Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers. But it was his first work of narrative nonfiction, The Sun Kings, that established him as a popular science writer par excellence. Without fail the reviews, ranging from Nature to, remarked on his exceptional storytelling ability and sheer verve of his writing. It was shortlisted by the Royal Society for their 2008 general science book prize, it won Italy's 2009 Montselice Prize for best scientific translation, and the Association of American Publishers 2007 Professional and Scholarly Publishing Award for Excellence in the Cosmology and Astronomy category.
Stuart is a regular contributor to national and international programmes - radio and television - and dvd productions. He frequently lectures throughout the UK and, increasingly, throughout the world.
His Twitter account is @DrStuClark and his website is

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This historical novel, the middle of "The Sky's Dark Labyrinth" trilogy, about man's understanding of the universe is a fascinating read. The first one The Sky's Dark Labyrinth (The Sky's Dark Labyrinth Trilogy, Book 1) is about Galileo, and the final instalment will be about Einstein. Don't be put off this if you haven't read the first one as it works well as a stand-alone novel. Set in the late 17th century, this episode is about the efforts of Newton, Halley and Hooke to explain the movement of the planets and moons in the solar system. However, don't for one minute think that means it's going to be dry with lots of complicated equations. Far from it. What Stuart Clark does very successfully here is to show the very human struggles at the heart of such an endeavour: the professional rivalries, the political and religious challenges. At times, it reads almost like a thriller! The historical figures portrayed here are shown as flawed individuals, but brave too, being prepared to challenge conventional wisdom, even at great personal cost. Newton's theory of gravity seems harmless enough today, but in the late 17th century, the idea that planets and moons so far apart and not touching could move one another was bordering on heresy, and in other areas too, these men dabbled in dangerous ideas.
This is a good read, and makes a change from the subject matter of most historical novels. Meticulously researched, it is both informative and entertaining, and should certainly help to bring the history of science to a wider audience. I shall definitely be reading the other two books in this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sensorium of God 9 Mar. 2012
After reading 'The Sky's dark labrinth', Stuart clark's first book in the trilogy about the struggle to advance in the science of astronomy against man's fears, ignorance and need to keep control of power, I couldn't wait to start on the second book, 'The Sensorium of God'. These novels are written as a fiction but excepting the detail, in conversation etc. are based entirely on fact and have obviously been acurately researched for the historical detail. I love the writing style and that the stories are as gripping as any fiction makes them a book you can't put down. Can't wait for the next one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think you know Newton and Halley? Think again. 14 July 2012
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The second book in Clark's trilogy reads very similar to the first in terms of tone and style. That's obviously not a bad thing for a trilogy! This time around though the central characters are Newton, Hooke, Halley, Wren and several others. Theirs is the time that picks up on Galileo and Kepler's findings, which were traced in the first book, and they find themselves equally embroiled in religion and power games. The obsession with gravity leads these men to ranks of power, but it's not an easy ride and they're constantly challenged by the monarchy and the church.

Once again, Clark does an admirable job creating the space and time of the book in vivid detail. This time around London and Cambridge take centre stage as the Royal Society is at the heart of the new findings. All the side characters and plots add to the story to make it more of a novel about these men rather than just their scientific discoveries, but I felt that these side-plots were too quickly told and discarded at times. They did not necessarily contribute to the overall character or story development so I felt like Clark felt obliged to include them from a biographical perspective. Having said that, they did surprise me most times as I never knew much about these men besides what they've contributed to science and astronomy.

Overall, it's a great follow-up to the first book and deserves a read if you enjoyed it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Having read the first book of the trilogy, I was eagerly anticipating this one -- it did not disappoint. I was already familiar with most of the scientific/astronomical aspects of the story, but not the socio-political setting in which it took place. Stuart Clark has an enviable knack of enlivening the times of which he writes and I found myself transported to the latter part of the 17th Century and empathising with the very human struggles of the main protagonists (even those of Newton, whose character was not depicted sympathetically - although, from what I know, it was an accurate depiction).

The book has the feel of a good adventure yarn. With a bit of development of some of the side-plots, I think that this book, like the first, would make a very good film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars looking into the sky 22 Mar. 2012
The sensorum of god the second in the skys dark labyrinth series by stuart clark this was well written and better than most historical novesl telling the interlinked stories of newton, hooke and halley the backdrop of the restoration period to the end of the stuarts was less dramatic but excellent story told well and looking forward to the final book where einstein is the main character
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner 1 April 2012
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This is the 3rd Stuart Clark science novel I have read. They all bring to life the discoveries that affect all our lives in a brilliant way. The lives and intrigues of the famous are researched and presented in an imaginative way and with a command of the English language that makes a real "must read".
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