The Invention of Science

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Edgar Award-winning author Edward Dolnick recounts the story of a group of scientists who set out to read God's mind, but whose work instead culminated in the founding of the Royal Society: the world's first scientific organization. In his book, The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World, Dolnick explains how the 17th century belief that God was a mathematician drove an eccentric band of outsiders, led by Sir Isaac Newton, to some of the world's most profound scientific discoveries.


Edward Dolnick

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Mar. 15 2011 09:23 AM
Henry from Manhattan

The British Royal Society is alive and well with fantastic lectures available as free audio and video downloads.

The United States has its equivalents as well.

In New York City, events like the:

Northwest Conference on Science and Skepticism,
April 9-10

Demonstrate that interest in science and getting to the bottom of big questions is alive and well.

Sorry to advertise, I’m not affiliated with either groups (though I might go to NECSS) but Leonard made it sound like such organizations do not exist.

The difference between the Royal Society type meetings of the 17th century and now, is that access to information in the various sciences are a hyperlink away.

Mar. 10 2011 05:13 PM
Leonick from DC

Aaagh! Just missed the show. When will you post the podcast?

Mar. 10 2011 02:01 PM
Kerrie from ew York

The Royal Society still exists today. Was for many years and may still be (have not checked lately) headed by an Australian.

We lived in London 8 years ago and through the University of Sydney Alumni has a talk from them.

Mar. 10 2011 01:00 PM

When observations indicated that many natural phenomenon could be expressed in mathematical language, and seemed to conform to certain mathematical rhythms and series, it was indeed an eye-opener. In recent years, the uncovering by the mathematician Mandelbrot just how much seemingly random phenomenon in natural structures also have a predictability that can be mathematically expressed has even deepened the sense of awe.

Mar. 10 2011 12:42 PM

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