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Sir Thomas Browne (1605–1682) was an English writer, physician, and philosopher whose work has inspired everyone form Ralph Waldo Emerson to Jorge Luis Borges, Virginia Woolf to Stephen Jay Gould. In an intellectual adventure akin to Sarah Bakewell’s book on Montaigne, How to Live, Hugh Aldersey-Williams sets off not just to tell the story of Browne’s life but also to champion his skeptical nature and inquiring mind for our own age.

Mixing botany, etymology, medicine, and literary history, Aldersey-Williams journeys in his hero’s footsteps to introduce us to witches, zealots, natural wonders, and fabulous creatures of Browne’s time and ours. He reveals how Browne’s preoccupations—how to disabuse the credulous of their foolish beliefs, what to make of order in natures, how to unite science and religion—are relevant today.

In Search of Sir Thomas Browne is more than just a biography?it is a cabinet of wonders and an argument that Browne, standing at the very gates of modern science, remains an inquiring mind for our own time. As Stephen Greenblatt has written, Browne is “unnervingly one of our most adventurous contemporaries.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Fascinating…[A] cleverly constructed and amusing book, on a subject deserving of fresh attention.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A delightful portrait.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A triumph. With humor, humility, and intelligent generosity, Aldersey-Williams brings Sir Thomas Browne splendidly to life, urns and all.”

    Financial Times (London)

  • “Simon Vance is adept at balancing the author’s contemporary approach with Browne’s famously baroque style…For those who love the unique and obscure and odd, as Browne did, this title offers many pleasures. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “An elegant, pleasantly obsessive study of a ‘life of tolerance, humour, serenity, and untiring curiosity.’”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A wonderfully erratic, promenading book, in which we see how different, yet how similar we still are today to that most serene, most enigmatic science pioneer and literary master, Sir Thomas Browne, whose prose style is one of the highest peaks in English literature, according to Borges and to my humble self.”

    Javier Marías, author of A Heart So White

  • “This is just the kind of celebration Sir Thomas Browne needs and deserves: not a conventional biography but a meditation filled with intellectual curiosity, tolerance, humane observation, and gentle wit. It shows Browne as a man caught in the currents of his times while musing on timeless questions―and, like Aldersey-Williams, determined to weigh up the evidence without dogmatism, and to enjoy the richness of the world.”

    Philip Ball, editor, Nature

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About the Author

Hugh Aldersey-Williams graduated from Cambridge with a degree in natural sciences, majoring in chemistry. He has since written widely on both science and technology in newspapers and magazines ranging from Popular Science and New Scientist to the Independent, and the Guardian. He is the author of Anatomies, Periodic Tales, and The Most Beautiful Molecule, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He lives in London.