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5.0 out of 5 stars Lisa Jardine brings the Scientific Revolution to life, 22 Sept. 1999
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This review is from: Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution (Hardcover)
I enjoyed Professor Jardine's 'Worldly Goods' immensely, and ordered her new book immediately after reading Paul Johnson's praise for it in the Literary Review magazine. It's a fascinating account of the collaboration and ambition involved in scientific progress, taking us through all sorts of developments and obsessions, from microscopes and time-pieces to comets and navigation.
Lisa Jardine has a knack for lucidly presenting the scientific basis of these discoveries, whilst never forgetting the human characters (such as the ever-present entepreneur Hooke) who populated the 17th century scientific world. As she guides us through the Scientific Revolution, Jardine shows us that the separation of art and science is far from clear-cut, and that commercial interests have always been inextricably linked to the drive for progress.
A brilliant and thought-provoking read, 'Ingenious Pursuits' also draws parallels with modern developments such as the discovery of DNA and the birth of Dolly the sheep. It is also blessed with a wealth of beautifully-reproduced illustrations, including a large number of colour plates, which help to make it a joy to read - and a perfect gift.
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