The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science

The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science

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Soaring Gothic cathedrals, violent crusades, the Black Death: these are the dramatic forces that shaped the medieval era. But the so-called Dark Ages also gave us the first universities, eyeglasses, and mechanical clocks. As medieval thinkers sought to understand the world around them, from the passing of the seasons to the stars in the sky, they came to develop a vibrant scientific culture.

In The Light Ages, Cambridge science historian Seb Falk takes us on a tour of medieval science through the eyes of one fourteenth-century monk, John of Westwyk. Born in a rural manor, educated in England's grandest monastery, and then exiled to a clifftop priory, Westwyk was an intrepid crusader, inventor, and astrologer. From multiplying Roman numerals to navigating by the stars, curing disease, and telling time with an ancient astrolabe, we learn emerging science alongside Westwyk and travel with him through the length and breadth of England and beyond its shores. On our way, we encounter a remarkable cast of characters: the clock-building English abbot with leprosy, the French craftsman-turned-spy, and the Persian polymath who founded the world's most advanced observatory.

The Light Ages offers a gripping story of the struggles and successes of an ordinary man in a precarious world and conjures a vivid picture of medieval life as we have never seen it before. An enlightening history that argues that these times weren't so dark after all, The Light Ages shows how medieval ideas continue to color how we see the world today.



Author: Seb Falk
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 11/17/2020
Pages: 416
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.55lbs
Size: 9.10h x 6.20w x 1.40d
ISBN: 9781324002932

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal 11/01/2020 pg. 59
Publishers Weekly 06/08/2020
Publishers Weekly 06/15/2020 pg. 48
Kirkus Reviews 09/15/2020
Choice 10/01/2021