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1.67 out of 51.67 out of 51.67 out of 51.67 out of 51.67 out of 5 1.67 (1 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Deborah Harkness Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781494575984
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Bestselling author Deborah E. Harkness explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature. These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters, she contends, formed a patchwork scientific community whose practices set the stage for the Scientific Revolution. It was their collaborative, yet often contentious, ethos that helped to develop the ideals of modern scientific research. The Jewel House examines six particularly fascinating episodes of scientific inquiry and dispute in sixteenth-century London, bringing to life the individuals involved and the challenges they faced. These men and women experimented and invented, argued and competed, waged wars in the press, and struggled to understand the complexities of the natural world. Together, their stories illuminate the blind alleys and surprising twists and turns taken as medieval philosophy gave way to the empirical, experimental culture that became a hallmark of the Scientific Revolution. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Kate Reading offers a solid reading of this examination of the scientific culture of Elizabethan London. Her diction is crisp and clear, even for foreign names and publication titles. This facilitates listening nicely. She keeps the text flowing and pauses only at appropriate moments.”


  • This is a wonderful book, full of fascinating detail and stories from a lost world. It will have wide circulation among historians of science and technology, historians of England, and cultural historians in general. Pamela Smith, Columbia University

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  • 1.666666 out of 51.666666 out of 51.666666 out of 51.666666 out of 51.666666 out of 5 Chap | 10/26/2016

    " The read the trilogy from Deborah Harkness which included the Shadow of Night, the Book of Life and a Discovery of Witches which was utterly fantastic. I thought that I may have discovery a great new author. The Jewel House however, fell short of my expectations. the book was about the scientific inquiry in sixteenth century London. It turned out to be dry an uninspiring. "

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About the Author
Author Deborah Harkness

Deborah Harkness made her fiction debut with the first book in the All Souls trilogy, A Discovery of Witches, which was a New York Times bestseller. A professor of history at the University of Southern California, she has received Guggenheim, National Science Foundation, and National Humanities Center fellowships.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received dozens of Earphones Awards. She has been named by AudioFile magazine as a “Voice of the Century,” as well as the Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy in 2008 and 2009 and Best Voice in Biography & Culture in 2010. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others.