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Albert Einstein. Johannes Kepler. Galileo Galilei. In On the Shoulders of Giants, Stephen Hawking brings together the greatest works by Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Newton and Einstein, showing how their pioneering discoveries changed the way we see the world. Depicting the great challenges these men faced and the lasting contributions they made, Hawking explains how their works transformed the course of science — and gave us a better understanding of the universe and our place in it.
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More filters. Sort order. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. I'd try to hold onto it but it ultimately faded. I'd feel myself coming closer a If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. I'd feel myself coming closer and closer back to dull reality, each and every time. Ages ago, my friends and I called them jizzles and we'd see them anywhere anything grew resulting in multiple trips in the woods, old cemeteries, anywhere there was foliage and we couldn't see buildings.
Aug 16, Seth Zenz rated it it was amazing. Totally unreadable -- even if you are an expert on the contents by profession, you will find the methods archaic and the notation obfuscatory -- but five stars for being full of genius. The brief section from Einstein is more accessible, as are Hawking's commentaries, but Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton are very difficult indeed. It is, however, pretty neat to see what these important original works looked like. The man has always wondered about the Universe around him.
What laws reign on the cosmos? Does the Universe have a center? Where is he? Which rules obeys the movement of celestial bodies? What forces keep the planets in their orbits? Stephen Hawking gathered in this book the texts that successively revolutionized the human perception of the world: "From the revolution of the celestial spheres" by Nicolas Copernicus, "Dialogues on the two great systems of the world" of Galileo Galilei, "The Secret o The man has always wondered about the Universe around him.
Stephen Hawking gathered in this book the texts that successively revolutionized the human perception of the world: "From the revolution of the celestial spheres" by Nicolas Copernicus, "Dialogues on the two great systems of the world" of Galileo Galilei, "The Secret of the World" by Johannes Kepler, "The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy" by Isaac Newton and "The Relativity" by Albert Einstein.
These texts tell us about the evolution of our knowledge of the Universe, from a precopernic cosmos centered on the Earth to the relation that unites time and space. The texts are introduced by a biography of each scholar where Stephen Hawking explains the importance of their work, placing them in their historical context. He sees science as a pile of knowledge and discoveries where scientists rely on the shoulder of older discoveries.
To read for the content of the texts of these 5 great scientists. For an innovative and well-argued analysis of scientific revolutions, much prefer the rigorous work of Thomas Samuel Kuhn and his Structure of Scientific Revolutions, a few notches above all the same. View 2 comments.
This is a really intimidating book, both in size and most definitely, in content! It's a highly recommended read for anyone who has an interest in physics as it contains much of the original material from which huge sections of classical physics are derived.
The problem with this however is that four of the five texts contained in this book are between and years old and so the writing style is incredibly far removed from modern scientific writing. Galileo's section for example is presente This is a really intimidating book, both in size and most definitely, in content! Galileo's section for example is presented as a dialogue between three friends discussing the physical concepts that he addresses which, while an inventive way of explaining these principles to the renaissance mind, takes a bit of getting used to!
The introductions to each text by Stephen Hawking are interesting but honestly do very little to prepare the reader for what is to come, serving mostly just to provide a bit of historical context for each work.
Regardless of the stylistic problems, these are indeed some of the classics of physics and something that any scientific mind should attempt to read once. It took me months to finish this colossus but I did it! Right, about the book Reading On The Shoulders of Giants is like time traveling through the most significant moments of physics. At times it was challenging, I'm not going to lie, but in the end it was totally worth.
Stephen Hawking's intros about each physicist were some of my most favourite parts of the book. Unfortunately, you cannot review this book in the traditional sense since it's a collection of works by different authors. So I'm It took me months to finish this colossus but I did it! So I'm rating it as a whole: the progression of the book was brilliant both from a temporal perspective and a topical perspective, and the cohesiveness of the book was optimal.
The only downside is that you can't tackle it all like any other book, you're gonna have to read it in chunks sometimes weeks at a time. Nov 01, Pete daPixie rated it liked it Shelves: stardust. On the shoulders of giants, the reader may well have their head in the clouds. Their famous works are 'On the revolutions of heavenly spheres' by Copernicus. All On the shoulders of giants, the reader may well have their head in the clouds. All these works are excerpts from the originals.
Steven Hawking provides a brief biography of each man. I found many of the writings would have benefited from the provision of diagrams that most of the texts were referring to. Especially as 'illustrated' is included in the title, most of the illustrations do not relate to the text. It is noticable how much the young Albert Einstein shows a resemblance to the young Bob Dylan, but again, this illustration is of no help with the principle of relativity.
View all 3 comments. Aug 23, Menglong Youk rated it it was amazing Shelves: biography , physics , nonfiction , science. I must admit that the original work of the four most important figures with the exception of Einstein's is completely incomprehensible to me as they are around four hundred years old, thus making the method of writing and explaining concepts quite different fr 4.
I must admit that the original work of the four most important figures with the exception of Einstein's is completely incomprehensible to me as they are around four hundred years old, thus making the method of writing and explaining concepts quite different from today's world. But I love the short descriptions and the personal views that Stephen Hawking wrote. Let me state from the very beginning that the book "On The Shoulders of Giants" with commentary from Stephen Hawkin is not, in any way or form, a book for everyone.
It is not a book for beginners. As someone who came to read this book, after having read biographies on Einstein and DaVinci, the theories of Einstein, Newton, and Copernicus, I was nevertheless lost at least half the time, totally lost.
Yet, even in the dark I had gained knowledge that just a short time ago I had no idea existed. It Let me state from the very beginning that the book "On The Shoulders of Giants" with commentary from Stephen Hawkin is not, in any way or form, a book for everyone. It is at once mind boggling and awe inspiring that such men, with such supreme intellectual and without the tools available in today's world, could achieve and conceive of such theories and discoveries is totally beyond me.
This is a very, very big book and it will probably be a very long time before I pick it up again, but I am so very glad I did and have absolutely no regrets May 30, Bill Carney rated it really liked it. You'll need about 20 grams of caffeine, 12 months and a public storage facility to house the book when you're not reading it.
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