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Day the Universe Changed

Day the Universe Changed

The Day the Universe Changed presents a sweeping view of the history of science, technology, and human civilization and examines the moments in history when a change in knowledge radically altered man’s understanding of himself and the world around him.
James Burke examines eight periods in history when our view of the world shifted dramatically:
  • In the eleventh century, when extraordinary discoveries were made by Spanish crusaders.
  • In fourteenth-century Florence, where perspective in painting emerged.
  • In the fifteenth century, when the advent of the printing press shook the foundations of an oral society.
  • In the sixteenth century, when gunnery developments triggered the birth of modern science.
  • In the early eighteenth century, when hot English summers brought on the Industrial Revolution.
  • In the battlefield surgery stations of the French revolutionary armies, where people first became statistics.
  • In the nineteenth century, when the discovery of dinosaur fossils led to the theory of evolution.
  • In the 1820s, when electrical experiments heralded the end of scientific certainty.
Based on the popular television documentary series, The Day the Universe Changed is a bestselling history that challenges the reader to decide whether there is absolute knowledge to discover-or whether the universe is “ultimately what we say it is.”
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Genre: Nonfiction / History / Civilization

On Sale: November 29th 2009

Price: $10.99 / $13.99 (CAD)

Page Count: 352

ISBN-13: 9780316091916

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"James Burke surely has one of the most intriguing minds in the western world."—Washington Post
"A masterful job. The result is a fascinating, focused view that boggles the mind."—Charleston Evening Post
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