Curiosity How Science Became Interested in Everything There was a time when curiosity was condemned To be curious was to delve into matters that didn t concern you after all the original sin stemmed from a desire for forbidden knowledge Through curiosit

  • Title: Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything
  • Author: Philip Ball
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  • There was a time when curiosity was condemned To be curious was to delve into matters that didn t concern you after all, the original sin stemmed from a desire for forbidden knowledge Through curiosity our innocence was lost.Yet this hasn t deterred us Today we spend vast sums trying to recreate the first instants of creation in particle accelerators, out of pure desiThere was a time when curiosity was condemned To be curious was to delve into matters that didn t concern you after all, the original sin stemmed from a desire for forbidden knowledge Through curiosity our innocence was lost.Yet this hasn t deterred us Today we spend vast sums trying to recreate the first instants of creation in particle accelerators, out of pure desire to know There seems now to be no question too vast or too trivial to be ruled out of bounds Why can fleas jump so high What is gravity What shape are clouds Today curiosity is no longer reviled, but celebrated.Examining how our inquisitive impulse first became sanctioned, changing from a vice to a virtue, Curiosity begins with the age when modern science began, a time that spans the lives of Galileo and Isaac Newton It reveals a complex story, in which the liberation and the taming of curiosity was linked to magic, religion, literature, travel, trade and empire.By examining the rise of curiosity, we can ask what has become of it today how it functions in science, how it is spun and packaged and sold, how well it is being sustained and honoured, and how the changing shape of science influences the kinds of questions it may ask.

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    1. It is curious indeed that a curious person like me never thought that curiosity has a history. I thought curiosity was something we're born with. Indeed, even my dogs are curious, as were the racoon babies peering at us as we walked by their nest in the porch of a house in the middle of an inner city neighborhoodCuriously, not only has curiosity got a history, curiosity had been looked down upon by church and state. The history of curiosity is the history of science in the Western World. I love [...]

    2. This review first appeared on my blog here.Histories of what is known as the scientific revolution, especially those who are writing for a popular audience, tend to portray the development of modern science as something new, a break from past thought about the world rather than a continuation of it. It is as though (despite Newton's oft-quoted remark about the shoulders of giants) the ideas of Copernicus, Galileo, Descartes, and Newton and others in other fields came out of nowhere. Inconvenient [...]

    3. A great history of the so-called scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries. He examines the main characters and ideas in the revolution and their cultural context. It's pretty academic in tone, which is okay, but it's far more of a history book than a book about the evolution of curiosity. There are sections on curiosity, how it went from being sacrilegious to being necessary for the learning about the world around us. But I guess it was heavier with history and philosophical debate t [...]

    4. Curiosity was considered a vice in the middle ages and before. It is a cardinal virtue in science these days. It is a term of praise. This book takes a look at the scientific revolution in the 17th century and charts the rising fortunes of curiosity and wonder. This is also a good history of the scientific revolution with a large cast Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Bacon, Boyle, Hooke, Lippershays, Pepys, and almost every notable natural philosopher of the time. This is a crucial period in Western civ [...]

    5. If ever there was a book I should give 5* to, this is it. Unfortunately it is superbly written from a syntax standpoint but totally unengaging. If anything it is a 3 dB tougher read than Vom Kreig. The subject is not only enthralling but critically important to our civilization. Admittedly it is complex so the author can be forgiven, IMHO, for not quite managing to integrate a story. I recommend this strongly for any scientist who is an actual nerd and not just a careerist geek.

    6. Not normally being a historian by nature, it took me a little while to get into this book. However, perseverance and curiosity paid off and I found I got thoroughly into it. The book follows the birth of scientific thought and experimentation as we know it from early 17th to mid 18th century stressing not only what was done and by whom, but also why, how it was shown to the world and how they reacted.I found out many things I did not previously know largely relating to how attitudes and percepti [...]

    7. Really good at showing the different mindspace of the Renaissance. It is tempting to look at the writings and actions from then and pick and choose the ones that fit our current worldview and beliefs. This book does a good job of getting you to see them all in the context of their time. Lots of detail, toons of interesting information. One of those books that when you are done you have a ton of notes on things to read on further.

    8. Ball, Philip (2012). Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2013. ISBN 9780226045825. Pagine 474. 12,55 €Appassionato del genere, e avido lettore di questo tipo di libri, ho fatto spesso anche su questo blog (per esempio, qui) la considerazione di quanto sia difficile scrivere di scienza per un pubblico di non specialisti: è necessario saper scegliere un pubblico ipotetico di riferimento (tipo: uno studente appena diplomato alle superiori [...]

    9. Pretty engaging a read from a historical perspective, although it got a little monotonous in the later chapters. I like that he put forth some rhetorical questions for us readers, since this kind of prompts us to consider the possibilities and perspectives from different vantage points. When we engage ourselves in experimental curiosity, where artificial conditions can be used, where are we permitted to wander into? Do we end up trespassing a certain boundary or are we limited by our innate abil [...]

    10. I agree almost entirely with the comments of Eliane. Curiously, the author Philip Ball gets carried away into an ocean of details about the smallest developments, minor players and little things in more than the first half of the book. From then on, the narrative remains confined to a small set of actors until the last chapters, where he is in a terrific hurry with broad brush narratives covering all sorts of new developments like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. That is a whirlwind tour witho [...]

    11. Review title: What do we really want to know?Author Ball frames a fascinating subject: what do we want to know? what should we want to know? what is (and isn't) appropriate to know? What does science want to know and why, what does theology want us to know, what to accept by faith, and what never to question? All of these questions Ball categorizes as curiosity in this deep and sometimes too dense study of the history of science and the scientific revolution, which Ball states was neither.In par [...]

    12. For formatted review with hyperlinks muslimmediareviewToday, citizens of the industrialized world almost universally consider curiosity to be a praiseworthy trait, and we consider it to be a fundamental attribute of the Scientist, the Jedi of Science, through which our place in the universe can be understood and our welfare enhanced. But humanity did not always consider curiosity to be praiseworthy.It is certainly not evolutionary advantageous. How many curious hominids had their genetic lines s [...]

    13. A mixed bag for me. Some chapters were fascinating, others dull or misleading. The best parts were Ball's takes on the literary responses to the scientific revolution in England (chapters 8 and 12): first the slew of "Moone" books that appeared starting in the 1630s speculating about the possibility of life on the moon; second, the satirical tradition that emerged in the later part of the 17th century as a reaction to "virtuoso" (Whiggish, Puritan) culture, the last and most famous example of wh [...]

    14. The history of science and scientific ideas can be quite fascinating to me. So I should love this book. And I almost do, but somehow it was hard to read. Worth it, but tough.One of the main ideas I get from this is that the simple version of the story is wrong. Galileo, Newton, Boyle, etc didn't always find the right theories by making hypotheses and testing them and finding them to be the best fit to the data. Rather they had ideas that seemed right to them, and seemed simpler than other theori [...]

    15. It is difficult to imagine that at one time, not so long ago, curiosity was not seen as the virtue most people regard it as today, and that experimenting was often viewed as idle (and ultimately pointless)tinkering. In this book we see how the scientific revolution was really more of an evolution, and that many of the early practitioners of science in the 16th to 18th Centuries were not what we might consider today as scientifically minded, although they were quite innovative for their time.Clar [...]

    16. "Curiosity" is a summary of the lives and cultures of the people who began the foundations of modern scientific thought. The most important takeaway of this book is that they left those foundations incomplete. None of Galileo, Newton, Kepler, or their peers can be credited with bringing science into the world fully-formed. These are people held onto ideas of alchemy and ghosts even as they uncovered basic facts of the Universe. They held onto these ideas because they were products of their time [...]

    17. A lengthy read, 465 pages. How curoisity was behind the development of science. Beginning with vast collections of curios.It was interesting to read about the tussles with the various players and their theories. Amazing how much alchemy was mixed with chemistry, easy for us looking back now. The old brass microscope with prepared slides I inherited from my uncle takes on new significance now. It shows the Victorian fascination and wonder in examining God's creation: moss, fly wings, etc under th [...]

    18. Some notable humans started following their curiosity igniting the Scientific Revolution somewhere in the seventeenth century. This book is an entertaining account of how this revolution started and unfolded changing things permanently; science even killed witches and all sorts of medieval follies. Luck you, lucky me… but seems that we are still a bunch of fools. Be curious.

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