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The Sensorium of God (The Sky's Dark Labyrinth #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  111 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
It’s the mid-17th century and the mystery behind the movement of the planets—elegantly described by Johannes Kepler almost a century earlier—remains unsolved. Edmond Halley, adventurer, astronomer, and ladies’ man, and reclusive alchemist and fearsome mathematician Isaac Newton become collaborators in the attempt to decipher this puzzle. Due to this simple partnership, the ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Birlinn Ltd (first published 2012)
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Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The second book in Clark's trilogy reads very similar to the first in terms of tone and style. That's obviously not a bad thing for a trilogy! This time around though the central characters are Newton, Hooke, Halley, Wren and several others. Theirs is the time that picks up on Galileo and Kepler's findings, which were traced in the first book, and they find themselves equally embroiled in religion and power games. The obsession with gravity leads these men to ranks of power, but it's not an easy ...more
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written and eloquent. There is a real flow and sense of fully developed character that makes it easy to read, without underestimating the intelligence of the reader or skimping on the facts.

Obviously written by someone with a real love of language as well as his subject matter (you've just got to love a writer who uses the word "prorogued"),this tells of the interactions between (among others) Edmund Halley, Isaac Newton and Robert Hooke, their contributions to our understanding of g
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: good
good historical fiction that brings newton et al alive
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
I'm a bit torn about this one. It took me forever to finally get it via amazon and then I consumed it in about 30 hours. On the plus side, Clark's writing and pacing has improved since his first novel The Sky's Dark Labyrinth which I also really enjoyed. This time out he ably juggles a huge cast of characters -- Robert Hooke, Isaac Newton, Edmund Halley, Gottfried Leibniz, Robert Boyle, Christopher Wren, Johannes Hevelius, John Flamsteed, plus wives and lovers and a fictional civil servant named ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. I like the way that Stuart Clark has expertly outlaid the attitudes of the era. It really gives you an idea of what challenges these amazing scientists had to face in their time. He has interweaved science, religion, politics and the intrigues of the English monarchy all into one. It is fascinating how strong certain beliefs were and how people would do anything to hold onto power. I also like how he refers back to Kepler and Galileo from the first book, and how they la ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having read the Sky's Dark Labyrinth a few years ago, I was pleased to receive the second book in the trilogy for Christmas.

Stuart Clark has a unique ability to weave a ripping great story, loaded with historical details around the lives of influential scientists from an earlier age. In this case, Halley, Hooke, Newton and others are shown to be real people doing extraordinary things in a time when people took their politics way more seriously.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who
Daryn Hardy
May 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this second installment just as much as the first, with its intrigues, obsessions and persecutions amid the struggling ranks of the Royal Society. Looking forward to reading the last installment which brings things relatively up to date with Einstein and his revolutionary theories(my apologies for a terrible pun).
Rebecca Nesbit
Aug 05, 2014 rated it liked it
It gives an insight to the fascinating history of Newton and his contemporaries, and explores their motivations. At times the writing is awkward and clichéd, and I would perhaps have preferred the book as non-fiction. It is clearly very thoroughly researched.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it liked it
interesting background to Newton & the politics of the time
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, an interesting take on Newton, Hooke, Halley and Pepys. I can't wait for the next installment with Einstein in centre stage!
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Journalist, award-winning author and broadcaster, Stuart Clark is a brilliant storyteller. Fiction or non-fiction, his work is written with conviction and with passion. In recent years, he has devoted his career to presenting the complex and dynamic world of astronomy to the general public.

His latest work is the pioneering trilogy The Sky's Dark Labyrinth. In the way that CJ Sansom's hugely succes
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