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"The 17th and early 18th centuries were remarkable for many reasons. In terms of scientific discovery, this time period was noted, ironically, not only for what was learned but also for how much was left to learn. Amazing expansion and growth were taking placing in such areas as physics, astronomy, and medicine. Unlike today, the great minds of that period worked across many disciplines. Science and the arts were complements of each other, rather than exclusive areas for mental exploration. And intellects such as Newton, Halley, Wren, Descartes, Pepys, and Locke worked as colleagues in a way, playing off each other's thoughts to answer the questions of the time. They were not bound by specializations but instead let their brilliant minds play with all areas of interest. Jardine has given the reader a lively, entertaining, and well-researched account of this extraordinarily fertile period of scientific expansion and of the people who caused it to happen. Highlighting what can be called the science of creativity and the creativity of science, this book is an asset to a reader and to a library's collection."
- Booklist (US)

"Jardine's engrossing book consists mainly of well-told stories of scientific work during the intellectual revolution of the 17th and early 18th centuries. She takes the reader intimately into the personalities and achievements of prominent scientists of those centuries, enriching her account with illustrations of the people and the work."
- Scientific American

Very favourable reviews on

Hardback 1999.

444 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

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