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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:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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