Though only 150 pages into the full 250+ , I find it recapping what some might already know about the ‘early societies’ and their links to ‘real science’. I kind of get the impression one could do a similar book, showing how… the discovery of fire led to the atomic bomb. Interesting yet nothing that new (to me).
Surprised he did not spend more time speaking about Sir Isaac Newton. Along with examining Light, basically creating Calculus… that little thing with the apple, etc. He also wrote about a million words on his researches into alchemy. After his death the Royal Society kind of decided to blow off that part of his later life and highlight the rest. Sometime in the 1990s I believe, some folks actually took the time to ‘decode’ and recreate his works to see that he was doing pretty savvy chemical experiments… but hiding the steps and results in the ‘language of the alchemy’ and mysticism.
Anyway, an interesting read… if nothing more then the compressed histories of ‘how things got this way’ regarding the mystical societies and some of the scientific groups.
Andy, while you can view and scroll in Preview, to get to where you can input the ‘password’ (silly thing, nothing ‘secret’ about this book)…. anyway… best to use Adobe Reader. If it is not loaded on your machine, no worries. Reader is pretty much free for all systems and there are plenty of places you can download it from. Should be able to do the whole deal then. Good luck.