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There was a time when curiosity was condemned To be curious was to delve into matters that didn't concern you after all the original sin stemmed from a desire for forbidden knowledge Through curiosity our innocence was lostYet this hasn't deterred us Today we spend vast sums trying to recreate the first instants of creation in particle accelerators out of pure desire to know There seems now to. This review first appeared on my blog hereHistories of what is known as the scientific revolution especially those who are writing for a popular audience tend to portray the development of modern science as something new a break from past thought about the world rather than a continuation of it It is as though despite Newton s oft uoted remark about the shoulders of giants the ideas of Copernicus Galileo Descartes and Newton and others in other fields came out of nowhere Inconvenient facts which show the continuing influence of earlier ideas such as Newton s interest in alchemy are left out or mentioned in passing in an embarrassed mannerThe purpose of Ball s book is to show something of the continuous nature of the development of the philosophical ideas which led to the seventeenth century appearance of modern science in embryonic form Ostensibly he does this by looking at the concept of curiosity how it has changed its meaning and how attitudes towards it changed from the common medieval opinion that it was to be discouraged as likely to lead to heretical thought if uncheckedI say ostensibly because even though the discussion of curiosity is important it did not feel to me that it was the sole focus of the book Apart from anything else Ball is happy to go off on interesting tangents such as the long chapter on seventeenth century ideas about the possibility of life on the moon sparked by Galileo s observations of features similar if a certain amount of wishful thinking was used to earthly terrain as opposed to being a featureless perfect sphere and by the ensuing publication of Kepler s novel Somnium The Dream or Posthumous Work on Lunar Astronomy At least it seems like that is what is happening when the reader starts the chapter in fact it is the first of a series of what are basically case studies examination of some of the popular scientific crazes of the seventeenth century a theme which would make a fascinating book in itselfThere are occasional places where I suspect Ball assumes knowledge in his readership than might be sensible for example he uses the term Whiggish of historical accounts without explaining its meaning It s reasonably clear from the context but could easily confuse anyone who hasn t an interest in the theory of historical writing such as someone interested from the science side of things rather than the history side It is by the way a somewhat derogatory term for old fashioned narrative history which treats the past as a novel from a one sided point of view especially one which paints the individuals as heroes and villains In general though the explanations of what people were doing what they intended how this fitted into the history of science and especially the development of the philosophy of science are admirably clearCuriosity is well worth reading especially if your exposure to history of early modern science is so far limited to the traditional version with heroes and villains painted in black and white terms The narrative might become complicated than you had previously thought but then the real world is like that

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Be no uestion too vast or too trivial to be ruled out of bounds Why can fleas jump so high What is gravity What shape are clouds Today curiosity is no longer reviled but celebratedExamining how our inuisitive impulse first became sanctioned changing from a vice to a virtue Curiosity begins with the age when modern science began a time that spans the lives of Galileo and Isaac Newton It reveal. Review title What do we really want to knowAuthor Ball frames a fascinating subject what do we want to know what should we want to know what is and isn t appropriate to know What does science want to know and why what does theology want us to know what to accept by faith and what never to uestion All of these uestions Ball categorizes as curiosity in this deep and sometimes too dense study of the history of science and the scientific revolution which Ball states was neitherIn part as a corrective for those who believe that science developed out of and distinct from magic alchemy and natural philosophy in a small defined set of events in clear contrast to those past and concurrent ways of thinking Ball shows how these ways of thinking all overlapped and intertwined in their subject matter and methods Ball documents how early thinkers now adopted as founding figures of science such as Galileo Newton and Robert Boyle who made a clear break with the unscientific past actually thought in ways and studied subjects congruent with their alchemical peers He also traces philosophies of appropriate areas of study back to Aristotle and Plato and shows how much influence these ancient Greek philosophers still carried in intellectual life centuries later As the definition of curiosity broadened the allowable and patron approved and funded areas of study expanded in the fertile span of years from the 16th to the 18th centuries that are at the core of Ball s historyThe subject matter is sometimes better than Ball s approach to it While he throws out names uotes sources and historical allusions in dense arguments and rapid and sometimes confusing transitions his central uestions can be boiled down to this1 What was allowable and would be funded The church and the governments and kings it both owned and answered to had a large part to say in answer to this uestion Science even before the days of big science cost money and needed royal approval to proceed unhindered Government church authorities and wealthy patrons could provide or withhold as the church did from Galileo these vital necessities and also direct how they were used Ball talks about the cabinets of curiosities wealthy collectors assembled to satisfy their own curiosities and shows how these data collection efforts sometimes drove science and sometimes favored magical and alchemical displays of wonder and sometimes the recipients of the finding or the collections moved freely between both ways of thinking2 What did the thinkers themselves consider worthy of curiousity What did they want to know The answer was sometimes everything which some thinkers considered indiscriminate collection that wasted precious money and brainpower In contrast Ball uotes Francis BaconGod has framed the mind like a glass capable of the image of the universe and desirous to receive it as the eye to receive light and thus it is not only pleased with the variety and vicissitudes of things but also endeavours to find out the laws they observe in their changes and alterationsThis uote powerfully amplifies the philosophy that I espouse in The catholic reader the lunchcom website where I post my reviews On the other side were those proto scientists included who wanted to drill down on specific topics with deeper focus and increasingly specialized instruments like microscopes telescopes and air pumps This approach brought counter arguments traced by Ball some satirical on stage and humorous in print such as this one liner All philosophy is based on two things only curiosity and poor eyesight the trouble is we want to know than we can see But it also engaged new worlds for investigation as telescopes opened up the solar system and microscopes revealed whole universes of new data for study closer at handAs I said Ball s reach can exceed his grasp as the fascinating topics sometimes bog down in meandering writing that is too dense for the lay reader to follow But if the title and topic and hopefully this review as well peak your curiosity indulge it here Biblical Eq or too trivial to be ruled ancient-ruins-ancient-dreams-book-1 of bounds Why can fleas jump so high What is gravity What shape are clouds Today curiosity is no longer reviled but celebratedExamining how Fairyopolis our inuisitive impulse first became sanctioned changing from a vice to a virtue Curiosity begins with the age when modern science began a time that spans the lives Caught Short of Galileo and Isaac Newton It reveal. 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S a complex story in which the liberation and the taming of curiosity was linked to magic religion literature travel trade and empireBy examining the rise of curiosity we can ask what has become of it today how it functions in science how it is spun and packaged and sold how well it is being sustained and honoured and how the changing shape of science influences the kinds of uestions it may as. If ever there was a book I should give 5 to this is it Unfortunately it is superbly written from a syntax standpoint but totally unengaging If anything it is a 3 dB tougher read than Vom Kreig The subject is not only enthralling but critically important to our civilization Admittedly it is complex so the author can be forgiven IMHO for not uite managing to integrate a story I recommend this strongly for any scientist who is an actual nerd and not just a careerist geek


10 thoughts on “Curiosity

  1. says:

    It is curious indeed that a curious person like me never thought that curiosity has a history I thought curiosity was someth

  2. says:

    This took me such a long time to get into that I decided to abandon it The language was often dense and lofty which made the first chapters nearly inaccessible for me Plus the opening is mostly hair splitting about what the word curiosity meant in a variety of cultures contexts and languages So I was doing a lot of mental wandering and zonin

  3. says:

    This review first appeared on my blog hereHistories of what is known as the scientific revolution especially those who are writing for a popular audience tend to portray the development of modern science as something new a

  4. says:

    —why is the sea salty?—have animals souls or intelligence? —has opinion its foundation in the animate body? —why do

  5. says:

    Curiosity was considered a vice in the middle ages and before It is a cardinal virtue in science these days It is a term o

  6. says:

    Review title What do we really want to know?Author Ball frames a fascinating subject what do we want to know? what should we want to know? what is and isn't appropriate to know? What does science want to know and why what does theology want us to know what to accept by faith and what never to uestion? All of these uestions Ball cat

  7. says:

    A great history of the so called scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries He examines the main characters and ideas in t

  8. says:

    If ever there was a book I should give 5 to this is it Unfortunately it is superbly written from a syntax standpoint but totally un

  9. says:

    I must admit that this book's best uality is probably the author's ambivalence about what he is talking about  To be sure I have a very different perspective on science and curiosity and their larger cultural matters and this book does a good

  10. says:

    A mixed bag for me Some chapters were fascinating others dull or misleading The best parts were Ball's takes on the literary responses to the scientific revolution in England chapters 8 and 12 first the slew of Moone books that appeared starting in the 1630s speculating about the possibility of life on the moon; second th

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