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The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos Hardcover – May 5 2015

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pantheon (May 5 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307908232
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307908230
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Mlodinow never fails to make science both accessible and entertaining.” —Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time

“An entrancing tale of scientific history. . . . Mlodinow provides many cultural touchstones and tells personal stories, both poignant and amusing, about his experiences as a theoretical physicist to draw us even closer to the history.” —Marcia Bartusiak, The Washington Post
 
“Mlodinow is an engaging narrator who leavens the proceedings with a mischievous wit.” —Alan Hirshfeld, The Wall Street Journal
 
“An inspiring, exciting exploration of how our very inquisitive species has attempted to comprehend the cosmos.” —Louise Fabiani, The American Scholar
 
“An audacious encapsulation of our species’ trek from savannah to city.” —Nature
 
The Upright Thinkers playfully tracks the evolution of man’s understanding of the world over millions of years. . . . An accessible and engaging read that brings science’s brilliant minds to life.” —Financial Times (London)

“Powerful. . . . Breath[es] new life into science history. [Mlodinow] frames narratives of great thinkers with serial scenes of his father’s great courage and curiosity.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[An] amazingly compact yet satisfying history. . . . [Mlodinow] is a whiz of a popular-science writer. . . . Amateur science mavens couldn’t ask for a better brief, introductory text.” —Ray Olson, Booklist

“How did we move so rapidly from caves to cars, from the Savannah to skyscrapers, from walking on two legs to bounding on the Moon?  Follow Mlodinow on an astonishing tour of our species’ journey; with each new stop, you'll discover how our unceasing progress is driven by something very special about human brains: our unslakable thirst for knowledge.” —David Eagleman, PhD, Neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

“[A] bracing work of scientific history. . . . Don’t worry if quantum physics and the theory of relativity leave you quaking. . . . Mlodinow knows how to talk to the science-challenged.” —Library Journal
 
“Endlessly fascinating . . . consistently thought-provoking. . . . A selective, guided tour of the human accumulation of knowledge . . . [and] the striking characters who pioneered scientific discoveries. . . . A breathtaking survey.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Mlodinow vividly traces the revolutions in thought and culture that define our civilization and, as a bonus, presents a stimulating overview of the history and majestic sweep of modern science.” —V. S. Ramachandran, author of The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human
 
“An enjoyable and readable introduction to the history of western science, beginning with the first stone tools and ending in the era of quantum physics.  Mlodinow takes us on a tour of some of the high points of scientific discovery from Egyptian and Mesopotamian mathematics, to Pythagoras and Aristotle, to the classical era of Galileo and Newton, and finally to the strange worlds of Einsteinian relativity and the uncertainty principle, which taught us how to study worlds beyond the reach of our everyday senses.” —David Christian, co-author of Big History: Between Nothing and Everything, and professor, Macquarie University, Sydney

About the Author

LEONARD MLODINOW received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and was on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology. His previous books include the best sellers Subliminal (winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Award), War of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra), The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), and The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (a New York Times Notable Book), as well as Feynman’s Rainbow and Euclid’s Window. He also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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I wrote a detailed review and I clicked away and it was gone. I don't have the heart to do it again, so I'll say you will love this book. He picks on his own teenage kids too much, but it's the same old story we love to hear, with enough new material to keep us even happier. Like about Gobeli Teke and the hunter-gathers that built it.
Please read QED:The Strange Theory of Light and Matter again -- it matters because it tells you all you are ever going to know about guantum theory. You have to study that because unless your are eighteen and entering graduate school in mathematics, modern physics is a closed door for you (and me)!
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The best book I have ever read to explain modern science to the educated lay person. I am buying two more "The Upright Thinkers" to share this treasure with friends. As well, I intend to read all of this author's books.
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A fascinating journey of mankind, brilliantly told, an easy read.
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This is a masterful presentation of the history and evolution of science in simple, everyday language. It tries to explain how it all began, where we are, and the possibilities ahead of us.
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Interesting overview of some of the most noted scientists and philosophers (Aristotle) over the centuries. With a strong bias toward physics.
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