By Hubert Krivine
How mankind chanced on the dimensions, trajectory and age of the Earth
Our planet’s elliptical orbit round the sunlight and its billions-of-years life are evidence we take without any consideration, issues each literate highschool pupil is anticipated to understand. yet humanity’s fight in the direction of those clinical truths lasted millennia. Few folks have greater than the faintest inspiration of the trail we've travelled.
Hubert Krivine tells the tale of the thinkers and scientists whose paintings allowed our species to place an age to the planet and pinpoint our position within the sunlight approach. it's a historical past of daring innovators, with a extensive solid of members – not in simple terms Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler, yet Halley, Kelvin, Darwin and Rutherford, between many others. braveness, iniquity, non secular dogmatism, genius and blind good fortune all performed a part.
This was once an epic fight to unfastened the brain from the restrictions of cant, ideology and superstition. From this historical past, Krivine delineates a useful philosophy of technological know-how, one this day below probability from irrationalism and the fundamentalist pursuits of East and West, which threaten either what we've attained at nice price and what we nonetheless need to learn.
medical development isn't a adequate for social growth; however it is an important one. The Earth isn't really only a background of clinical studying, yet a stirring defence of Enlightenment values within the quest for human development.