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The science of liberty : democracy, reason, and the laws of nature

Author: Timothy Ferris
Publisher: New York : Harper, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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In this sweeping intellectual history, science writer Timothy Ferris transcends the concepts of left and right to make 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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Timothy Ferris
ISBN: 9780060781507 0060781505
OCLC Number: 419855201
Description: 368 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Science & liberty --
Science & liberalism --
The rise of science --
The science of enlightenment --
American independence --
The terror --
Power --
Progress --
The science of wealth --
Totalitarian antiscience --
Academic antiscience --
One world.
Responsibility: Timothy Ferris.

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In this sweeping intellectual history, science writer Timothy Ferris transcends the concepts of left and right to make 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 one percent of the world population four centuries ago to more than a third today. Ferris 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.--From publisher description.

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