The Day the Universe Changed by James Burke hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
British Broadcasting Corporation [B.B.C./BBC], 1985, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Facsimiles; Colour Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Diagrams;
From the cover: The Day the Universe Changed is the companion volume to James Burkes television series which has been over three years in the making. Research and filming have taken the author to over twenty countries to examine the origins of the Western view of life and show how the various elements of this view have been generated by the particular needs and knowledge of the period.
This fully illustrated book looks at eight different moments in history when a change in the body of knowledge radically altered the accepted view, and in doing so gave birth to a major institution or way of thinking which has become basic to the modern world. Those key events were: the arrival of Aristotelian logic from medieval Arab Spain; the rediscovery of perspective geometry in Renaissance Florence; the development of the printing press; the study of trajectories that found the law of gravity; the religious and agricultural causes of the Industrial Revolution; the pairing of medicine with statistics in revolutionary France; the volcanic origins of evolution in the last century; and the American accident that brought quantum physics and the atom bomb.
In a final chapter showing the ways in which each of the differing views held was equally valid to the people concerned at the time, James Burke argues that knowledge itself is a man-made artifact, that there is no such thing as discovery, and that when our views of reality are changed by knowledge, reality itself changes. Ultimately, the universe is what we say it is.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped.
Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine.
352 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10¼” x 7¾”.
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