The subtitle  Isaac Newton, the Royal Society and the Birth of the Modern World gives an accurate overview of the content of this fascinating book by Edward Dolnick. Growing out of a time of disease and discord which were seen as punishments from God, seventeenth century philosophers/scientists  searched for and found order underlying the universe as an expression of the perfection of God.

Dolnick follows the insights of the brilliant Galileo, Kepler, Leibnitz, Halley and especially Newton as they “birth the modern world.”

Accessible (short chapters), fascinating, funny and completely intriguing even to a complete non-scientist like me.