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The History of Science: 1700-1900

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For well over 2,000 years, much of our fundamental "desire to know" has focused on science. Our commitment to science and technology has been so profound that these stand as probably the most powerful influences on human culture. To truly understand our Western heritage, our contemporary society, and ourselves as individuals, we need to know what science is and how it developed.

In this 36-lecture series, one of science's most acclaimed teachers takes you through science's complex evolution of thought and discovery, often originating from ideas that by today's technological perspective might be considered ridiculous or humorous, although many are still relevant today. You'll consider science's often fascinating history, from ancient times to the Scientific Revolution, in terms of several penetrating questions, including two of special importance: Who pursued science, and why? What happened, and why?

In the hands of Professor Principe, the history of science becomes far more than just a litany of dates, significant individuals, and breakthrough discoveries. In examining the evolution of science, he restores the vitally important context that has been lost from the discussion, showing how science is characterized by ideas that link eras widely separated in time.

A primary theme is the relationship between science and religion. Today, we tend to see the two as separate and even antagonistic. Theology, in fact, is a principal motivator for scientific inquiry. And in the Middle Ages, Christianity and Islam were of paramount importance in preserving and furthering scientific knowledge.

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  • Mike
  • 16/01/2017

6 out of 5 stars :)

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This is an amazing, 6-out-of-5 star course. I say this as a scientist with 20 years experience, and I say this for two main reasons.

The first is applicable to the entire course, during which you really get a sense of how gradual, even back-and-forth, certain "breakthroughs" have been and how very many minds are behind our most concise scientific maxims. In our schools we are asked to learn only the most famous of scientific names. This leads, then, to an obsession in students with fame and notoriety and a misplaced notion that science is for the exceptional. This course largely undoes those damages. Such a thorough history of science - taught after elementary science stripped of the normal too-basic history - would produce far better scientists/citizens. This is my opinion after this powerful course.

The second is dosed out in only one injection, in Lecture 24, but it is so profound it is worth calling out in review. Here, Professor Gregory considers the origins of the polarity between science and theology, and in so doing he makes the exceptionally salient point that the operands of science are not direct articles of reality ("truth") but rather models of it. To be clear, Professor Gregory presents this "Kantian coherence theory of truth" as a counterpoint to the "correspondence theory of truth", and the emphasis here is mine, but this is such a nuanced and important concept for 21st century science. Really impressed with the professor's depth of research and understanding here.

Get this course. See for yourself.

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  • Kevin
  • 31/07/2015

Excellent Narrative for History of Science

If you could sum up The History of Science: 1700-1900 in three words, what would they be?

Narrative, Educational, Thought-provoking

What other book might you compare The History of Science: 1700-1900 to and why?

There is another book called "A Little History of Science" by William Bynum...only this lecture series was much longer and provided greater detail.

Which character – as performed by Professor Frederick Gregory – was your favorite?

Not sure I understand the question. He's a lecturer.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction, but many thought-provoking questions.

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent summary of science and highlights of major milestones in scientific discoveries throughout the 1700 & 1800's. Prof. Gregory has put together an incredible lecture series that provides the audience with an illustrative narrative that did not feel like reading through a dull history book, but instead felt like a moving story with key players.

Something unexpected was that he was able to work into his narrative the religious perspectives of nearly every philosopher and scientist that was highlighted. One key factor I gained from this presentation was how easy we tend to overlook religious and cultural differences when studying history, and I am guilty of this myself, but rarely do I ever consider the historical figure's time as it was relative to their way of thinking. As Prof. Gregory points out, we tend to apply our own prejudices and understanding on people of the past and ask why how they did or why they did not arrive at the "obvious" conclusions for areas that have since been made well known to us.

Overall, this was an incredible series on the history of science and truly covered all aspects of the major disciplines: astronomy, biology, geology, physics, medicine, etc.

Pros: the religious perspective offered with each influential scientist/philosopher
Cons: would have been interesting to keep going into the 1900's; however I recognize that for scope (and length) purposes this was not feasible.
Bottom line: a great read for anyone interested in the realm of science or anyone who as ever questioned how we ever got to our present day understanding.

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  • Juha
  • 22/06/2014

My dream school would use these

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is just a small minority who are interested (or who have to study) history of physics. So this is not an audiobook for great audiences. But for people like me this is A DREAM COME TRUE. I really enjoyed this clear history in an audible form, which allowed me to listen to it where ever. I only wish I could be examined on these instead of cumbersome paper books.

What did you like best about this story?

Carnot process was explained in a manner which was easy to follow.

What about Professor Frederick Gregory’s performance did you like?

I like the way how he made reference to future parts or different professors lecturers.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Carnot

Any additional comments?

I sure wish future "school" would better utilize these kind of learning tools.

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  • serine
  • 03/02/2016

Excellent!

This was a great lecture series. I could not have asked for more. Gregory provided an extremely thorough history, which was delivered in an accessible and optimally organized way. Fantastic!

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  • wyeth
  • 03/09/2015

An enthusiastic teacher a great storyline!!

I loved this immensely!! As a budding scientist in school, I loved hearing how a lot of what is subject in my classes came to be and how it impacted the world. I also noted that a lot of the material seems to be dedicated to the clash and turmoil at the boundry of scientific thought/ discovery and religious teaching. This boundry was exsposed at the general public level all the way down to the very inner struggles of the scientist/ natural philosopher that shown light on the subject of controversy. When and enthusiastic teacher meets one of the best storylines on earth great things happen. Five stars for sure.

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  • Christopher
  • 21/10/2014

A wonderful journey of discovery

Would you listen to The History of Science: 1700-1900 again? Why?

Yes, it is so rich I think I would find fresh insights on a second listening

Have you listened to any of Professor Frederick Gregory’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I listened to his lectures on Darwin and enjoyed them so much I immediately sought out his other lectures

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  • R&D- House Account
  • 01/10/2018

History of Science!

get ready to explore history! you'll enjoy this! so much fun! so much fun! so much fun!

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  • dirt3478
  • 21/02/2017

An enlightened and comprehensive work

What a great ride! Sad to get to the end of this one. As a physical scientist, I was surprised and constantly challenged by the insights and wonderful themes Professor Gregory weaved throughout this wonderful tapestry of scientific history. He was an energetic lecturer who obviously loves his work. Thanks!

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  • Robert Iwan
  • 02/01/2017

Fascinating excursion into some well-known and some lesser known aspects of science

I wasn't sure what to expect on this course. There is an inordinate amount of content to absorb in this time period. Prof. Gregory does a great job of delving into into it and even making it interesting by cover some of the human interest aspects of the story. Especially fascinating is Prof. Gregory's incorporation of many of the religious aspects and views that were prevalent at the time. This is particularly relevant since it was a major part of the debates at the time.

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  • jim concannon
  • 24/02/2016

Great stuff very well presented.

I studied history and philosophy of science in college and found these lectures to be not only great refresher of lost knowledge, but learned new information from an interesting, wide perspective too.

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  • Norjen
  • 01/07/2020

After hearing this course ...

and the ones of Prof. Principe (antiquity till 1700) and Prof. Goldman (the 20th century) I came to the conclusion that at the end of day the history of science is more important than the endless scrambles of kings and priests generally known as history. I especially liked the vivid descriptions of how science developed during this time span and of the many paths - wrong and right alike - followed by people who yearned for a better understanding of the natural world.