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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Ferris Narrator: Fred Stella Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2011 ISBN:
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In his most important book to date, award-winning author Timothy Ferris - the best popular science writer in the English language today (Christian Science Monitor) - makes a passionate case for science as the inspiration behind the rise of liberalism and democracy. Ferris argues 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 and democratic societies from less than 1 percent of the world population four centuries ago to more than a third today. Ferris deftly investigates the evolution of these scientific and political revolutions, demonstrating that they are inextricably bound. He shows how science was integral to the American Revolution but misinterpreted in the French Revolution; reflects on the history of liberalism, stressing its widely underestimated and mutually beneficial relationship with science; and surveys the forces that have opposed science and liberalism - from communism and fascism to postmodernism and Islamic fundamentalism. A sweeping intellectual history, The Science of Liberty is a stunningly original work that transcends the antiquated concepts of left and right.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 2/13/2014

    " Flat out fantastic. I definitely need to read more Tim Ferris books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 2/11/2014

    " This book I think gives a really good explanation for why free societies advance further than non-free ones. It gives great insight into the differences between the America and French revolutions, and between the idealistic dreams of fascism & communism and their realities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donnie Edgemon | 2/8/2014

    " The title of this book is a bit misleading. Instead of "The Science of Liberty", a better title might be "Science and Liberty". Ferris's thesis is that conditions that lead to free scientific inquiry and the scientific inquiry itself develop liberal democratic thought and implementation. He also examines various liberal and illiberal historical regimes to demonstrate the connection between liberal science and liberal government and to demonstrate that illiberal regimes in history that have reputations for noteworthy scientific achievements (Nazi Germany, Soviet Union) did not achieve as much as they should have in science. Ferris makes an interesting case, and his examination of connections like Newton to Locke provide a fun historical study. This isn't really a typical social science book, though. Ferris tells some stories and presents some timelines that make sense, but he fails to really make a case through citation of academic studies like readers would expect in a typcial pop social science book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Finucane | 2/5/2014

    " Fantastic expose on the benefits of science under liberal democracy. Timothy Ferris excels at showing us why science seems to flourish under a free society, and languish under repressive regimes. A must read for anyone who loves freedom and the benefits that science brings to the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ivan Soto | 1/2/2014

    " Dynamite book! That's what I think! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckydham | 1/1/2014

    " I still kind of think it's more democracy that fuels science, than the other way around. But this was very enjoyable--terrifically well-written and able to join past and present seamlessly. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Pinney | 12/28/2013

    " Never a better example of you are what you read! Ferris views on science, history, religion, & politics almost perfectly mirrors my own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 12/28/2013

    " These kinds of books always seem to go a bridge too far in my estimation. To make their entire point, they exaggerate some claims and gloss over a bunch of the things that would throw that point on its head. I'll buy that the scientific method contributed to the formations of democracy. I think he makes a pretty convincing argument there. Just his glossing over of democracy's many deficiencies (esp. slavery) escaped the scientific rigor he lauds so much in this book. And what's up with his hatred of the deconstructionists? I admit, Derrida was a twit, but lumping them in with the Nazis and Soviets was a bit much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Craig J. | 12/24/2013

    " "The Science of Liberty: Democracy, Reason, and the Laws of Nature by Timothy Ferris (2010)" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug Dirks | 9/28/2013

    " A nice, if brief, look into the founders' scientific background and training, along with a compelling placement of the word "liberal" in historical context. Good solid basic political philosophy presented in an engaging way, if you like that sort of thing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily Ann Meyer | 8/27/2013

    " Really thought provoking read - I have a feeling I'm going to go back to it and pull out sections and ponder them for years to come. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich Brown | 11/8/2012

    " Interesting bridge between the handful of political books I've stomached and the pop-sci books I'm hooked on. Democracy and its inherent chaos are good for liberty and good for real science. Totalitarianism of any sort: Bad for real science. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 5/1/2012

    " The book had a lot of information, but I was hoping for more focus on the creation of democracy itself in the scientific thinking of the age of enlightenment. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raphael | 12/10/2011

    " This is a profoundly interesting book. In it, Ferris argues that the more-or-less simultaneous rise of liberal democracy and modern science is not a coincidence: both thrive on the open exchange of ideas and an experimental spirit. If you like the history of ideas, this is the book for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 9/6/2011

    " Great read, it really puts the relationship between scientific progress and discovery, and freedom in perspective. In a nutshell you don't get one without the other. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 5/12/2011

    " Never a better example of you are what you read! Ferris views on science, history, religion, & politics almost perfectly mirrors my own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Igor | 10/17/2010

    " A good provocative book.
    I've never thought of the French philosophers of the time of the Revolution as precursors to Fascism. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 8/30/2010

    " Interesting reading, but more for the historical quotes and anecdotes than the argument. I found the first few chapters to be a bit too disorganized and his claims sometimes poorly supported. But, I really enjoyed the last few sections, definitely worth the time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy | 7/24/2010

    " Fantastic expose on the benefits of science under liberal democracy. Timothy Ferris excels at showing us why science seems to flourish under a free society, and languish under repressive regimes. A must read for anyone who loves freedom and the benefits that science brings to the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beckydham | 6/28/2010

    " I still kind of think it's more democracy that fuels science, than the other way around. But this was very enjoyable--terrifically well-written and able to join past and present seamlessly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 5/30/2010

    " Great read, it really puts the relationship between scientific progress and discovery, and freedom in perspective. In a nutshell you don't get one without the other. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rich | 5/27/2010

    " Interesting bridge between the handful of political books I've stomached and the pop-sci books I'm hooked on. Democracy and its inherent chaos are good for liberty and good for real science. Totalitarianism of any sort: Bad for real science.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 5/12/2010

    " Ferris is better at cosmology "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul | 4/16/2010

    " This book I think gives a really good explanation for why free societies advance further than non-free ones. It gives great insight into the differences between the America and French revolutions, and between the idealistic dreams of fascism & communism and their realities. "

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About the Narrator

Fred Stella has worked as an actor and voice talent in radio, television, independent films, and audiobooks. He was awarded the Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award for Best Male Narration in 2002. He is on the adjunct faculty staff of Muskegon Community College.