The Science of Liberty by Timothy Ferris
Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature

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Their modest aim was to make the national government "strong and flexible enough...In this the Founders succeeded, and Mr. Ferris has contributed significantly to our understanding of why their work has endured as well as it has, and why the projects of others, with more grandiose aims, have known such dismal failure.
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“Ferris is a master analogist who conveys his insights on the history of cosmology with a lyrical flair.” —The New York Times Book Review

In The Science of Liberty, award-winning author Timothy Ferris—called “the best popular science writer in the English language today” by the Christian Science Monitor and “the best science writer of his generation” by the Washington Post—makes a passionate case for science as the inspiration behind the rise of liberalism and democracy. In the grand tradition of such luminaries of the field as Bill Bryson, Richard Dawkins, and Oliver Sacks—as well as his own The Whole Shebang and Coming of Age in the Milky Way—Ferris has written a brilliant chronicle of how science sparked the spread of liberal democracy and transformed today’s world.

 

About Timothy Ferris

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Timothy Ferris, called "the best popular science writer in the English language today" (The Christian Science Monitor) and "the best science writer of his generation" (The Washington Post), is the author of ten books, including the bestsellers The Whole Shebang and Coming of Age in the Milky Way. He has won the American Institute of Physics prize (twice), the American Association for the Advancement of Science prize, and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. A frequent contributor to The New Yorker, he lives in San Francisco and stargazes from his personal astronomical observatory on Sonoma Mountain in California's wine country. Visit his Web site at www.timothyferris.com.
 
Published January 21, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 388 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Alan Pell Crawford on Feb 11 2010

Their modest aim was to make the national government "strong and flexible enough...In this the Founders succeeded, and Mr. Ferris has contributed significantly to our understanding of why their work has endured as well as it has, and why the projects of others, with more grandiose aims, have known such dismal failure.

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