The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science (Paperback)

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“Brilliantly clear and superbly well-written, The Light Ages is . . . a charismatic evocation of another world.” —Ian Mortimer

Named a Best Book of 2020 by the Telegraph, the Times, and BBC History Magazine, The Light Ages is an illuminating guide to the scientific and technological achievements of the Middle Ages. Cambridge science historian Seb Falk follows the life of a crusading fourteenth-century astronomer-monk, John of Westwyk, to take us on a tour of medieval science—from multiplying Roman numerals to navigating by the stars, curing disease, and telling time with an ancient astrolabe. Animated by “Falk’s bubbling curiosity and strong sense of storytelling” (Alex Orlando, Discover), The Light Ages conjures a vivid picture of medieval life as we have never seen it before.

About the Author

Seb Falk is a historian, broadcaster, and lecturer at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches medieval history and history of science. His research is focused on scientific instruments of the Middle Ages. He lives in Cambridge, England.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780393868401
ISBN-10: 0393868400
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: November 9th, 2021
Pages: 416
Language: English