Stuart Clark “Sensorium of God” trilogy shows the scientific principles that changed our perception of our place in the universe.
Anyone interested in the history of science should read these three books and will recognise the principles they cover. Each brings to life a pivotal period where the way we view the universe was changed. Viewing events through the characters eyes from Kepler to Einstein and dealing with their period in history and the events surrounding them. Using a blend of fiction and carefully researched history which is brought to life through the author’s colourful and descriptive prose. You are almost brought into the room where the characters play out their lives.
The Sky’s Dark Labyrinth is the first book in the trilogy and is set in the period when the Earth was at the centre of things and the planets with the Sun moved around us. We are taken through the pre-telescope era moving from the Greek, “heliocentric model” to the “Copernican model” using Kepler (1571 to 1630) as the main character along with Galileo (1564 to 1642) where a struggle between science and religion was taking place.
The Sensorium of God moves to the Newtonian era portraying the relationship between Newton (1642 to 1727), Halley (1656–1742) and Hooke (1635 to 1703). Set in the mid-17th century Halley an adventurer and astronomer visits the reclusive alchemist and mathematician Newton. Who is developing a theory to explain why Keplers laws work leading to the “Principia”.
The Day without Yesterday brings us almost up to date with Einstein (1879 to 1955) as our main character with Lemaitre (1894 to 1966) and charts the acceptance of his theory of relativity and the beginning of the idea that the universe started with a big bang set against the back drop of world wars.
Each book can be read separately as each is a self-contained story.
So while you are waiting for clear skies read these beside a warm fire……..