Jones, Peter M. Industrial Enlightenment: Science, Technology, & Culture in Birmingham & the West Midlands 1760-1820. Manchester, UK: Manchester UP, 2013 (2008). ISBN 978-0719089121. Outstanding academic analysis & survey of the lush intellectual environment around key Industrial Revolution pioneers during the late… Read More ›
History of Science
Historians sometimes speak of an Early Enlightenment. If so, when did that phenomenon emerge, or begin? How did it evolve into the more familiar Enlightenment “proper”? The question is old, but less trivial than ever, precisely because conceptions around the Enlightenment have… Read More ›
Doxiadis, Apostolos, & Christos H Papadimitriou. Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth. London: Bloomsbury, 2009. ISBN 978-0747597209. Heroized tale of British logician Bertrand Russell & his youthful quest for mathematical certainty. Remarkable. I give ****/5.
Gleick, James. Isaac Newton. Paperback ed. London: Harper Perennial, 2004. ISBN 978-0007163182. The essentials about Isaac Newton, last of the great magicians, early Enlightenment man. Ordered, entertaining, but short on the math. I give ***/5.
To make the idea of a single, unified ocean of sea & space (see earlier posting here) just a little more definite to the imagination, here’s a mixed media list – suggesting inspiration from multiple narrative media channels, in this… Read More ›