The Day the Universe Changed Author:James Burke You are what you know. 15th Century Europeans 'knew' that the sky was made of closed concentric crystal spheres, rotating around a central earth and carrying the stars and planets. That 'knowledge' structured everything they did and thought, because it told them the truth. Then Galileo's telescope changed the truth. — As a results, a hundred y... more »ears later everybody 'knew' that the universe was open and infinite, working like a giant clock. Architecture, music, literature, science, economics, art, politics - everything - changed, mirroring the new view created by the change in the knowledge.
This book examines some of the moments of change, in order to show how the changes of view also generated major institutions or ways of thought which have since survived to become basic elements of modern life.« less