I first read it long ago and it gave me an on-going interest in cosmology from a historical perspective. From flat earth to the infinite universe.
The book also debunked my idea then that the progress of science had been gradual and linear, and of those who led the way as being giants amid pygmies. Everyone seems to have been a pygmy in one way or another!
Zeroing in, it centres upon the lives of Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo. Stepping back, it can be seen to chart the transition from Theology to Biology, from the Soul to Mind; from a walled in flat earth, mutable, snug within an immutable heavenly sphere, to our own infinite Cosmos.
And I would emphasise "cosmos" - not "chaos".
I think we can be detoured from many things that actually matter by asking ourselves "Is there a God?", "Is there an afterlife?" etc etc. Such questions inevitably capture all our own built in bias and presuppositions. Sometimes we need to really clear the decks and ask new questions. Then maybe we can see with new eyes.
There is so much to say but I'll leave it there. I recommend the book. It's a good start. Maybe others here are familiar with it?
Edited by tariki, 12 April 2017 - 05:55 AM.