Thomas Levenson





Thomas Levenson



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“This Saturday, Galle and a volunteer assistant, Heinrich Ludwig d’Arrest, command the main telescope. Galle stands at the eyepiece and guides the instrument, pointing toward Capricorn. As each star comes into view, he calls out its brightness and position. D’Arrest pores over a sky map, ticking off each candidate as it reveals itself as a familiar object. So it goes until, sometime between midnight and 1 A.M., Galle reels out the numbers for one more mote of light invisible to the naked eye: right ascension 21 h, 53 min, 25.84 seconds. D’Arrest glances down at the chart, then yelps: “that star is not on the map!” The younger man runs to fetch the observatory’s director, who earlier that day had only reluctantly given his permission to attempt what he seems to have thought a fool’s errand. Together, the trio continue to watch the new object until it sets at around 2:30 in the morning. True stars remain mere points in even the most powerful telescopes. This does not, showing instead an unmistakable disk, a full 3.2 arcseconds across—just as Le Verrier had told them to expect. That visible circle can mean just one thing: Galle has just become the first man to see what he knows to be a previously undiscovered planet, one that would come to be called Neptune, just about exactly where Urbain-Jean-Joseph Le Verrier told him to look. —”
Thomas Levenson, The Hunt for Vulcan: . . . And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe

“Vulcan is long gone, almost completely forgotten. It may seem today to be merely a curiosity, just another mistake our ancestors made, about which we now know better. But the issue of what to do with failure in science was tricky right at the start of the Scientific Revolution, and it remains so now. We may—we do—know more than the folks back then. But we are not thus somehow immune to the habits of mind, the leaps of imagination, or the capacity for error that they possessed. Vulcan’s biography is one of the human capacity to both discover and self-deceive. It offers a glimpse of how hard it is to make sense of the natural world, and how difficult it is for any of us to unlearn the things we think are so, but aren’t.”
Thomas Levenson, The Hunt for Vulcan: . . . And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe

“Science is unique among human ways of knowing because it is self-correcting. Every”
Thomas Levenson, The Hunt for Vulcan: . . . And How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered the Universe

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Cleopatra: A Life
 
  18 votes, 10.3%

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Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia
 
  13 votes, 7.5%

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  13 votes, 7.5%

A Country of Vast Designs James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent by Robert W. Merry by Robert W. Merry

A Country of Vast Designs: James K. Polk, the Mexican War and the Conquest of the American Continent
 
  12 votes, 6.9%

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The Storm of War: A New History of the Second World War
 
  12 votes, 6.9%

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession by Allison Hoover Bartlett by Allison Hoover BartlettAllison Hoover Bartlett

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession
 
  11 votes, 6.3%

 
  9 votes, 5.2%

Horse Soldiers The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan by Doug Stanton by Doug Stanton

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers
 
  8 votes, 4.6%

The Clockwork Universe Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World by Edward Dolnickby Edward Dolnick

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society and the Birth of the Modern World
 
  6 votes, 3.4%

A History of God The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong Karen ArmstrongKaren Armstrong

A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
 
  5 votes, 2.9%

Newton and the Counterfeiter The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist by Thomas Levensonby Thomas Levenson

Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World's Greatest Scientist
 
  5 votes, 2.9%

The Idea of America Reflections on the Birth of the United States by Gordon S. Wood Gordon S. WoodGordon S. Wood

The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States
 
  4 votes, 2.3%

The Ascent of Money A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson Niall FergusonNiall Ferguson

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
 
  4 votes, 2.3%

The Painter's Chair George Washington and the Making of American Art by Hugh Howard by Hugh Howard

The Painter's Chair: George Washington and the Making of American Art
 
  4 votes, 2.3%

Winston's War Churchill, 1940-1945 by Max Hastings by Max HastingsMax Hastings

Winston's War: Churchill, 1940-1945
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

A History of the American People by Paul Johnson by Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

A History of the American People
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Decision Points by George W. Bush by George W. BushGeorge W. Bush

Decision Points
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Churchill by Paul Johnson by Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

Churchill
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

The Birth of Modern Politics Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the Election of 1828 (Pivotal Moments in American History) by Lynn Hudson Parsons by Lynn Hudson Parsons

The Birth of Modern Politics: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams and the Election of 1828
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

U. S. Grant American Hero, American Myth by Joan Waugh Joan WaughJoan Waugh

U. S. Grant: American Hero, American Myth
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Letters from America by Alexis de Tocqueville Alexis de TocquevilleAlexis de Tocqueville

Letters from America
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy by Donald Kagan by Donald Kagan

Pericles of Athens and the Birth of Democracy
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

Destiny Disrupted A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary by Tamim Ansary

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes
 
  3 votes, 1.7%

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments by George B. Johnson by George B. Johnson

The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

Modern Times The World from the 20s to the 90s by Paul Johnson by Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

Modern Times: The World from the 20s to the 90s
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

 
  2 votes, 1.1%

The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith Adam SmithAdam Smith

The Wealth of Nations
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

The Union War by Gary W. Gallagher by Gary W. Gallagher

The Union War
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

The Age of Wonder How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science by Richard Holmes by Richard HolmesRichard Holmes

The Age of Wonder
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

Civilization The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson by Niall FergusonNiall Ferguson

Civilization: The West and the Rest
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

The Journey by Tony Blair Tony BlairTony Blair

The Journey
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

God's Battalions The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark Rodney StarkRodney Stark

God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

Thucydides The Reinvention of History by Donald KaganDonald Kagan

Thucydides: The Reinvention of History
 
  2 votes, 1.1%

Courage and Consequence My Life as a Conservative in the Fight by Karl Rove by Karl RoveKarl Rove

Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

Party over Section The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848 (American Presidential Elections) by Joel H. Silbey by Joel H. Silbey

Party Over Section: The Rough and Ready Presidential Election of 1848
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

Madam Secretary A Memoir by Madeleine Albright Madeleine AlbrightMadeleine Albright

Madam Secretary: A Memoir
 
  1 vote, 0.6%

The Theory of Moral Sentiments  by Adam Smith by Adam SmithAdam Smith

The Theory of Moral Sentiments
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Merchant Kings by Stephen R. Bown Stephen R. BownStephen R. Bown

Merchant Kings
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

A History of Christianity by Paul Johnson Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

A History of Christianity
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

A History of the Jews (Perennial Library) by Paul Johnson Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson

A History of the Jews
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

Jesus A Biography, from a Believer by Paul Johnsonby Paul JohnsonPaul Johnson


Jesus: A Biography from a Believer
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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