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A groundbreaking examination of the greatest event in history, the Scientific Revolution, and how it came to change the way we understand ourselves and our world

We live in a world transformed by scientific discovery. Yet today, science and its practitioners have come under political attack. In this fascinating history spanning continents and centuries, historian David Wootton offers a lively defense of science, revealing why the Scientific Revolution was truly the greatest event in our history.

The Invention of Science goes back five hundred years in time to chronicle this crucial transformation, exploring the factors that led to its birth and the people who made it happen. Wootton argues that the Scientific Revolution was actually five separate yet concurrent events that developed independently, but came to intersect and create a new world view. Here are the brilliant iconoclasts—Galileo, Copernicus, Brahe, Newton, and many more curious minds from across Europe—whose studies of the natural world challenged centuries of religious orthodoxy and ingrained superstition.

From gunpowder technology, the discovery of the new world, movable type printing, perspective painting, and the telescope to the practice of conducting experiments, the laws of nature, and the concept of the fact, Wootton shows how these discoveries codified into a social construct and a system of knowledge ideas of truth, knowledge, progress. Ultimately, he makes clear the link between scientific discovery and the rise of industrialization—and the birth of the modern world we know.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fantastic revisionist history, an intellectual feat…It’s utterly refreshing to read a grand, whooping narrative that is also exhaustively researched. It will, I am certain, become a landmark in the discipline of the history of science.”

    Financial Times

  • “Perceptive, thought-provoking, deeply erudite, and beautifully written.”


  • “[Wootton’s] assembly and interpretation of evidence is painstaking and convincing, at least to the non-specialist. He recognizes that at some points his proposals are speculative, but he always gives a clear sense of how his arguments lead from A to B to C…Because he is not shackled by the conventions of scientific writing, he can afford to be entertaining, and he is: The Invention of Science is full of countless interesting asides.”


  • “Wootton hails science as a uniquely progressive force, one opening a truly reliable access to reality, not just one more socially constructed perspective. A bracing rediscovery of the marvel that is science.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Not exactly a history of science but of our idea of science: a shrewd, thoughtful analysis of how our view of finding truth held steady throughout history and then, over a century, changed and produced the dazzling progress we often take for granted…A superbly lucid examination of a dramatic revolution in human thought that deserves a place on the shelf with Thomas Kuhn and David Deutsch.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This substantive narrative of human progress is engaging and well constructed for the general science or history reader.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A 2016 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature Shortlist Selection
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