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The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution
The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution
by David Wootton
"Captures the excitement of the scientific revolution and makes a point of celebrating the advances it ushered in." —Financial TimesA companion to such acclaimed works as The Age of Wonder, A Clockwork Universe, and Darwin’s Ghosts—a groundbreaking examination of the greatest event in history, the Scientific Revolution, and how it came...
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Power, Pleasure, and Profit: Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison
Power, Pleasure, and Profit: Insatiable Appetites from Machiavelli to Madison
by David Wootton
A provocative history of the changing values that have given rise to our present discontents.We pursue power, pleasure, and profit. We want as much as we can get, and we deploy instrumental reasoning—cost-benefit analysis—to get it. We judge ourselves and others by how well we succeed. It is a way of life and thought that seems natural...
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Categories: All Business, Investing and Leadership; All Politics, History and Current Events
Galileo: Watcher of the Skies
Galileo: Watcher of the Skies
by David Wootton
“Demonstrates an awesome command of the vast Galileo literature . . . [Wootton] excels in boldly speculating about Galileo’s motives” (The New York Times Book Review).   Tackling Galileo as astronomer, engineer, and author, David Wootton places him at the center of Renaissance culture. He traces Galileo through his early rebellious...
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Bad Medicine: Doctors Doing Harm Since Hippocrates
Bad Medicine: Doctors Doing Harm Since Hippocrates
by David Wootton
Just how much good has medicine done over the years? And how much damage does it continue to do? The history of medicine begins with Hippocrates in the fifth century BC. Yet until the invention of antibiotics in the 1930s doctors, in general, did their patients more harm than good. In this fascinating new look at the history of...
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