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The Philosophical Breakfast Club by Laura J. Snyder
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Jul 03, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: science, history, biography, england
Read from July 03 to 10, 2011

I liked a lot, but didn't love this book about an important time in the development of science. There was a lot that was good about it. Basically four very interesting biographies that illustrate the time. Largely uplifting, but often very sad. My main complaint with the book is stuff like the following confounding sentence:

"Whewell was nearly seventy years old, and strongly committed to his religious views, which had helped sustain him in the loss of his dear friend Joens and his wife, Cordelia; but it was not part of these religious views that well-confirmed scientific theories seeming to conflict with our understanding of scripture must be rejected just for that reason." page 340. I read that sucker 3 times and still don't quite get the meaning. There's a lot of this. Could have used much better editing for clarity.

All of these characters led very interesting lives, and the way they pushed and prodded each other - not always kindly - over the years was fascinating to read about.

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Christine I am really enjoying this so far. What a fascinating time in the history of science.

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