The Sleepwalkers has ratings and 80 reviews. Manny said: Koestler’s book presents a rather good history of cosmology from ancient times until the lat. Arthur Koestler. The Sleepwalkers. A History of Man’s changing vision of the Universe. With an Introduction by. Herbert Butterfield. 1. Awakening. We can add to. ovelist, essayist and political man of action, Arthur Koestler emerges in this book as a historian of the sciences. He traces, with a comic writer’s eye and a.

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He mouths the same old criticisms of Plato and Aristotle, essentially blaming them for the beliefs of kodstler later followers.

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These thoughts held astronomy, and perhaps all science, back for years. For a long time he clung unto the principles of Aristotle, who was partly responsible for the dark ages in cosmology, and didn’t want to alter his views and theory. Bruno had already proclaimed that the heliocentric view of Copernicus was correct.

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Maybe I just didn’t get it. The Act of Creation. One of them is very subservient and obedient, and very often that is a good way. But let me sleepwalkerss outline what the book is about. Many more stylistic gems than sleeowalkers one I opened this piece with are strewn over the book, most often meant to express an at times quite striking psychological insight of a kind that betrays the novelist.


A central theme of the book is the changing relationship between faith and reason. As a result, man’s destiny was no longer determined from “above” by a superhuman wisdom and will, but from “below” by the sub-human agencies of glands, genes, atoms, sleepqalkers waves of probability. Koestler describes the creators of the history of cosmic theories as obsessive and schizophrenic, with acts of insight imitating a sleepwalker, rather than a great universal thinker.

In his Retrying Galileo ofa most useful book overall, Finocchiaro has included a not particularly fair chapter on The Sleepwalkers. Astronomy portal Literature portal. One person sleepwaalkers this helpful. The Church is not portrayed as all black, by sleepwalkres means, and Galileo is portrayed as an abrasive, dishonest, arrogant character, unlike the heroic figure that he is sometimes regarded as.

Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. He puts in more detail than he needs to, sometimes for no obvious reason, and it feels too long. Two bigger criticisms are that, while I’m on sleepwalkees with Koestler’s argument for Kepler as the intellectual and theological hero of the age, he almost certainly overstates Kepler’s mysticism and “bridging” of the medieval and the modern.

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But the book is very good and has fascinating parts, as the one in which Koestler puts the blame on Plato for the human obsession with circles and spheres that delayed for centuries the emergence sleepwxlkers the correct view of the Solar System.

I was particularly impressed by the section dedicated to Kepler, who, I am reminded, essentially wrote the first piece of science fiction waaaay back when. The book also tells how at some point in history, the perception was better – more accurate – than it was several centuries later, when the Church or religion was very adamant about Holy Scripture and how one could s,eepwalkers go against that.

More than that, it is the very reason why, although he certainly was a gifted novelist and a journalist with an extraordinarily wide interest and coverage, I came in due time to regard him as, at bottom, second-rate. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? People also like to read about science, as well as about history.


Feb 07, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: The title word “sleepwalkers” seems to suggest that they weren’t thinking at all. See all 43 reviews. The best description of the ti I would devide my life to before and after reading Koestler. If you are angry, I shall bear it. sleepwa,kers

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The idea that Galileo’s quarter-century diversion into astronomy was actually a waste of his time okestler could have been devoted to his real forte — dynamics — is provocative and mainly credible though it gives short shift to Galileo’s calculations of the periods of the Jupiter moons, which the literally-myopic Kepler thought impossible.

Copernicus is described as an introvert, one with a low self-esteem, very obedient towards authority.

Mamaine Koestler’s Letters —51 Arthur Koestler: There is perhaps no other example in the history of thought of such dogged, sleepwalkegs persistence in error, as the circular fallacy which bedevilled astronomy for two millennia. So long as destiny had operated from a level of the hierarchy higher than man’s own, it had not only shaped his fate, but also guided his conscience and imbued his world with meaning and value. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The rest of Part 5 deals with Newton’s wonderful synthesis, which seems so obvious to us now, which explains Kepler’s laws by sorting out the wheat from the chaff of ideas in circulation at the time.

Plus, on the face of it, it’s a book I really should enjoy.