The Upright Thinkers

The Upright Thinkers

The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

Book - 2016 | First Vintage Books edition.
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How did a near-extinct species, eking out a meager existence with stone axes, become the dominant power on earth, able to harness a knowledge of nature ranging from tiny atoms to the vast structures of the universe? Leonard Mlodinow takes us on an enthralling tour of the history of human progress, from our time on the African savannah through the invention of written language, all the way to modern quantum physics. Along the way, he explores the colorful personalities of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers, and traces the cultural conditions--and the elements of chance--that influenced scientific discovery.

Deeply informed, accessible, and infused with the author's trademark humor and insight, The Upright Thinkers is a stunning tribute to humanity's intellectual curiosity and an important book for any reader with an interest in the scientific issues of our day.
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon Books,, 2016.
Edition: First Vintage Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780345804433
Characteristics: viii, 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 28, 2018

Nothing new here for people with a general interest in science, but nicely organized. Because of Mlodinow's background, he is able to attach personal significance to many of the topics he covers.

May 19, 2017

I liked Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind much better.

Aug 01, 2015

The subtitle of this book, "The Human Journey from Living in trees to Understanding the Cosmos," perhaps sums up the book. This book deals with archeology, anthropology, Physics - classical and Quantum, - Chemistry and Biology. It does so in as easy and conversational a way as possible given the complexity of the subject matter. Even so, Mlodinov himself says, if it all sounds horribly complicated it is because it is! At the end of this journey, i was left with an appreciation of the human mind and the mechanics of scientific inquiry, more than anything else. If you are of a curious bent of mind or if you just want to understand how you arrived where you are, this is the book for you.

Jul 31, 2015

Leonard Mlodinow, wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and provides the endeavors of the giants of science in a down-to-earth rapid rhapsody that is accurate & entertaining to anyone who enjoys mixing adventure and science. If science teachers would get excited we all might have absorbed a lasting science appreciation. Highly recommended for dreamers of all ages.

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