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The Invention of Science


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David Wootton is the Anniversary Professor at the University of York. His previous books include Paolo Sarpi, Bad Medicine, and Galileo. He gave the Raleigh Lectures at the British Academy in 2008, the Carlyle Lectures at the University of Oxford in 2014, and the Benedict Lecture at Boston University in 2014.


"...perceptive, thought-provoking, deeply erudite and beautifully written."--Nature
"A big bang moment"--Lorraine Daston, The Guardian
"A bracing rediscovery of the marvel that is science"--Booklist, starred review
"A masterly account of the 'scientific revolution.'"--Financial Times' Best Books of 2015
"A superbly lucid examination of a dramatic revolution in human thought that deserves a place on the shelf with Thomas Kuhn and David Deutsch."--Kirkus Starred Review
"David Wootton's The Invention of Science is outstanding. It details how, when and why the philosophical, intellectual and practical frameworks of modern science arose, and it sees off relativism in the process. While dealing wonderfully in broad sweeps, it offers a wealth of entertaining details."--Richard Joyner, Times Higher Education
"Extremely well researched and documented...This is bound to become a basic reference in the future."--Adhemar Bultheel, the European Mathematical Society
"Fascinating and original ... Wootton is a marvellous writer with an enviously encyclopaedic knowledge, and he has exciting things to say ... a stimulating, well-informed and imaginative account."--Patricia Fara, Literary Review
"Full of insights...even jaded scholars will find it fresh and compelling."--The Economist
"New, encyclopedic history."--Adam Gopnik, the New Yorker
"Not only a history of science but a revisionist historiography of science"--Steven Poole, The New Statesman
"Vibrant and impressive...The Invention of Science is a marvel of expositional clarity"--Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor
"Wootton is a dazzling explicator of difficult ideas whose relish for his material is evident."--Matthew Price, the Boston Globe
"Wootton tells his tales well and portrays characters vividly. He writes with wit, and his book is full of surprises."--Robert P. Crease, The Wall Street Journal

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