The Upright Thinkers

The Upright Thinkers

The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

Book - 2015
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A few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us.
 
Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science. In the process, he presents a fascinating new look at the unique characteristics of our species and our society that helped propel us from stone tools to written language and through the birth of chemistry, biology, and modern physics to today’s technological world.
 
Along the way he explores the cultural conditions that influenced scientific thought through the ages and the colorful personalities of some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers: Galileo, who preferred painting and poetry to medicine and dropped out of university; Isaac Newton, who stuck needlelike bodkins into his eyes to better understand changes in light and color; and Antoine Lavoisier, who drank nothing but milk for two weeks to examine its effects on his body. Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, and many lesser-known but equally brilliant minds also populate these pages, each of their stories showing how much of human achievement can be attributed to the stubborn pursuit of simple questions (why? how?), bravely asked.
 
The Upright Thinkers is a book for science lovers and for anyone interested in creative thinking and in our ongoing quest to understand our world. At once deeply informed, accessible, and infused with the author’s trademark wit, this insightful work is a stunning tribute to humanity’s intellectual curiosity.
 
(With black-and-white illustrations throughout.)


From the Hardcover edition.

Baker & Taylor
The best-selling co-author of The Grand Design chronicles the history of scientific discovery, from the invention of stone tools through modern-world understandings of quantum physics, tracing key moments in human progress to bravely asked, simple questions.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2015
ISBN: 9780307908247
0307908240
9780307908230
0307908232
Branch Call Number: 509 M699u
Characteristics: viii, 340 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Mudita
May 19, 2017

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

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writermala
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.

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windcyclist
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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