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17 Jul 2013, 10:28 PM
Post: #21
This is my first experience with Larson, and if the book holds together to the end, it won't be my last.

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The War of the Second Iteration
Book One The Luck of Han'anga
Book Two Founders' Effect
Book Three The Plight of the Eli'ahtna
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Mr. Olcott's Skies
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21 Jul 2013, 11:21 AM
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I've just finished reading The Sky's Dark Labyrinth

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by Stuart Clark

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. This is the story of Kepler and Galileo's conflict with the church over the architecture of the solar system. If you are not interested in Astronomy this might sound pretty boring - but Stuart Clark has written it as an exciting, fast paced novel that brings life in early 1600's Europe into clear focus - the wars, plagues, politics and pubs. There are tons of fascinating little details - I hadn't realised that glass paper had been invented by then.

All the characters (apart from one) were real, historic people and what a cast! Tycho Brahe figures prominently - the ultra rich Danish astronomer who had a silver nose and a pet elk that was partial to beer. But we also read about Kepler's family life and Galileo's daughters.

Stuart Clark does a brilliant job of describing the mathematical quest to understand the wandering paths of the planets around the night's sky and fit it into a model of the universe that the church would accept, in a really accessible way. I was enthralled - it really was one of those books I couldn't put down.
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23 Jul 2013, 02:12 AM
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Sounds like one to add to my TBR list. But then, I'm definitely into astronomy!

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Mr. Olcott's Skies
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23 Jul 2013, 10:21 PM
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(23 Jul 2013 02:12 AM)Thomas Watson Wrote:  Sounds like one to add to my TBR list. But then, I'm definitely into astronomy!

I've just bought the other two books in the trilogy. The second, The Sensorium of God

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, covers Halley and Newton. I guess it will be about how trying to explain Kepler's findings led Newton to the law of universal gravitation.

The third in the trilogy, The Day Without Yesterday

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, covers Georges LemaƮtre, Einstein and the Big Bang.
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25 Jul 2013, 01:08 AM
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Okay... three books...

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The War of the Second Iteration
Book One The Luck of Han'anga
Book Two Founders' Effect
Book Three The Plight of the Eli'ahtna
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Mr. Olcott's Skies
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01 Aug 2013, 03:18 PM
Post: #26
currently half way through 314 and really enjoying it... i love freebies Smile

Anyone know the way to readers anonymous...
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06 Aug 2013, 08:48 PM
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A darkening blue sky with pink clouds, a candle lit Kindle on the patio and frogs grumpily croaking from the pond. I've sat out the whole evening finishing the second in the Sky's Dark Labyrinth

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trilogy - The Sensorium of God

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. In the first book we followed Galileo, Brahe and Kepler as they struggled to work out the orbits of the planets. In the sequel Hooke, Halley, Leibniz and Newton fight to make mathematical sense of the orbits of the known planets, moons and comets against a backdrop of 17th Century Europe. Stuart Clark really brings London to life - religious and political tension, assassinations, the grime and disease. I learned a lot about the people, when previously I'd only heard about the science and maths - and some I now see in a totally different light...

There are a few scenes that are a bit too obviously there to allow a character to explain the new science to an unsuspecting passerby, but it's hard to see how Clark could have woven such easily read explanations of the astronomy into the novel in any other way. In both books the author has been really successful in writing an exciting story, full of religious, political and scientific intrigue, populated by believable characters whilst given an overview of the science in a really accessible way.

I'm moving straight on to the third in the series, The Day Without Yesterday

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06 Aug 2013, 09:06 PM
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(01 Aug 2013 03:18 PM)ronniejacobs Wrote:  currently half way through 314 and really enjoying it... i love freebies Smile

I've never seen the attraction of the Horror genre, so I'll give 314

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a miss.

Mind you, as an overweight Mathematician I'm be much more interested in what happens at 1:59 on March the 14th than at 3:14.

   
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07 Aug 2013, 10:03 PM
Post: #29
Aren't those supposed to be square?

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07 Aug 2013, 10:46 PM
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Two pies are!
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