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Derek grabs some time with Professor of History, David Wootton, to talk about his latest book 'The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution', a book about the early years where the modern methods of inquiry and scientific thinking came to be. Find out about how a teacher who once focused on historical topics about politics and atheism ended up writing books about science and medicine.
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– Date – May 31th, 2016
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Interview: David Wootton [xx:xx]
– Educated in Oxford and Cambridge.
– Born in the UK because her mother moved there from Pakistan.
– After graduating started work in Canada and the United States.
– Currently a professor at the University of York in the UK.
– Wrote the books Galilo: Watcher of the Skies, and Bad Medicine.
– Always has been a historian of ideas, after writing ‘Bad Medicine’ he focused on history of science.
– In the past had written about politics, philosophy, theology, and other topics.
– Parents were Protestant Christian Missionaries, however he rejected the faith.
– The book ‘The Invention of Science’ begins with ancient thinkers like Aristotle and others who were doing philosophy which looks/seems a lot like science.
– The book really looks at where the beginning of what can been seen as a rigorous techniques/method for determining predictions and verifying them.
– What can be seen as ‘actual’ science doesn’t seem to start until around the 17th century.
– In the Middle Ages philosophers were looked to for answers to questions about the natural world.
– It was not until after the 1930’s before scientists were comfortable with calling themselves ‘scientists’.
– There should be no dispute between scientists and philosophers wince in many ways they do much the same thing.
– The book ends with the works of Newton and his books and ideas, especially his book ‘Optiks’.
– Showing the public how prisms worked and how light contained all the colors was almost like ‘magic’ to those who first saw/learned how it worked.
– Much of our current, modern, terms and words about science came from Newton’s work.
– Many well-known scientists of Newtons day, including himself continued to work on Alchemy for a long time.
– Another was Boyle, who described Boyle’s Law, who continued work on Alchemy until his book decrying bad ideas in ‘The Skeptical Chemist’.
– Sadly, many in today’s world still do not accept scientific, verifiable, evidence with possible dire circumstances, i.e.: Climate Change.
– It seems that the rejection of Climate Change comes from not realizing that we will come up with new technologies to replace current power challenges.
– The real scientific race is to invent a much better method of storing energy.
– Working on the next book, “Power, Pleasure, and Profit”.
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