When humans understood that the earth was flat and it was the center of the universe, all life revolved around that truth. Then, Galileo introduced his telescope. And with that single innovation, architecture, music, literature, science, politics - all of it changed, mirroring the new view of truth. This program is James Burke’s examination of the moments in history when a change in knowledge radically altered man’s understanding of himself and the world around him.
Few people are able to look at human history and see it not as a jumble of half-remembered names and dates, but as an intricate mosaic of neatly interlocking pieces. Fewer still can describe the patterns and explain the parts of the puzzle so that it not only makes sense, but so that it also fascinates and intrigues, excites and entertains. James Burke tells history like it’s the plot of the most interesting mystery ever written.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||7.28(w) x 10.04(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Lexile:||1180L (what's this?)|
About the Author
James Burke, the BBC's chief reporter on the Apollo missions to the moon, was awarded the Royal Television Society silver medal in 1973 and the gold medal in 1974. The PBS series Connections was over two years in the making, the research and filming taking the author to twenty-three countries. James Burke lives in London.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My impression of this book is that it is ok if you love to read history books. For me though I had a difficult time attempting to understand the multiple concepts and events he brought up during the book. The book would be very good if Burke did not ramble and go off topic as much this was part of the reason I sometimes did not get clearly what he was talking about. ------------- Burke completes his purpose which is to connect past events with how they have affected our current society. He completes this by choosing a certain period in time 'such as the industrial revolution' and tells what events led up to the industrial revolution, what kind of impact the revolution had on the time period, and if the ideas that were created are still our way of thought today.
'The Day the Universe Changed' has a main treatise that science is not objective, that our measurements are biased by our current models of the universe and that without those models, it would be impossible to ask even the simplest of questions. In an attempt to prove this, Burke centers the chapters not just on some sort of connection, but on the way new better measurements blew away old ways of thinking that were completely valid up to that point. As such it is different from 'Connections' but still quite valuable.