The Science of Liberty

The Science of Liberty

Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature

Book - 2010
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Baker & Taylor
Makes a case for science as the inspiration behind the rise of liberalism and democracy, arguing that just as the scientific revolution rescued billions from poverty and disease, the Enlightenment values it inspired have swelled the number of free democratic societies.


“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.

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The Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way makes a case for science as the inspiration behind the rise of liberalism and democracy, arguing that just as the scientific revolution rescued billions from poverty, fear, hunger and disease, the Enlightenment values it inspired has swelled the number of persons living in free democratic societies. 60,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060781507
Characteristics: 368 p. ; 24 cm


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Dec 14, 2015

some resources on democracy in the USA: . . . .
“Does American Democracy Still Work?”
by Alan Wolfe (1942-, Yale UP, 2006
and . . .
“Democracy Incorporated ; Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism”
by Sheldon S. Wolin, Princeton UP, 2010
and . . .
“Freedom Summer : The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America A Democracy”
by Bruce Watson (1953-), Viking, 2010
and . . .
“Inequality in America : Race, Poverty, and Fulfilling Democracy's Promise”
by Stephen M.Caliendo (1971-), Westview Press, 2015
and . . .
“Gangs of America : the Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy”
by Ted Nace, Berrett-Koehler, 2005
and . . . .
“C Street : The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy”
by Jeff Sharlet, Brown and Company, 2010
and . . .
“Jefferson on Freedom : Wisdom, Advice, and Hints on Freedom, Democracy, and the American Way”
by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), Skyhorse, 2011
and . . .
“Fixing America : Breaking the Stranglehold of Corporate Rule, Big Media, and the Religious Right”
by John Buchanan and John McConnell, published: Trine Day, 2005
and . . .
“Hidden Power : What You Need to Know to Save Our Democracy”
by Charles Derber, Berrett-Koehler Publishers,2005

Aug 12, 2012

Will have to try another Timothy Ferris book. He sets out to prove a point - that science requires liberalism - and does not. Scattered anecdotes litter the path, some interesting, but the end is only a case of "history shows". I strongly support the tenets of both, but remain unconvinced of the causal link.

May 27, 2010

A masterpiece! Explores the inter relationships between scientific questioning and the arrival of political liberty, and especially shows how scientists were at the forefront of the development of classical liberty.
A marvelous read. Thoughtful and well written.
One of the most persuasive defenses of the value of liberty in science and politics ever written.


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