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Out of the Shadow of a Giant

Hooke, Halley and the Birth of British Science
Narrated by: Peter Noble
Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: History, World
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What if Isaac Newton had never lived?

Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose place in history has been overshadowed by the giant figure of Newton, were pioneering scientists within their own right and instrumental in establishing the Royal Society.

Whilst Newton is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists of all time and the father of the English scientific revolution, John and Mary Gribbin uncover the fascinating story of Robert Hooke and Edmond Halley, whose scientific achievements neatly embrace the hundred years or so during which science as we know it became established in Britain. They argue persuasively that even without Newton, science in Britain would have made a great leap forward in the second half of the 17th century, headed by two extraordinary men, Hooke and Halley.

©2017 John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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"Mary and John Gribbin write with great clarity." (Guardian)
"Precise yet mysterious...as beautiful as a poem and as exciting as a novel." (The Sunday Times)
"A gripping account of the history of quantum mechanics and a clear description of its significance - and weirdness. Absolutely fascinating." (Isaac Asimov)
"Immensely readable." (The Times)

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  • peter
  • 23-02-2019

A great tribute to two Great men

Hooke and Halley really were two great men unfortunate to be overshadowed by Isaac Newton. They were both outstanding in their own right, and this book will help to re-establish their well-deserved reputations. It gives a fascinating insight into their lives and is very informative about the science of the times. It is also very well written and perfectly narrated. Very enjoyable.