The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

Author(s): Leonard Mlodinow

Mathematics & Science | Social Sciences | Gifts for Him

From the bestselling author of The Drunkard's Walkand Subliminal, this is the inspiring and illuminating story of how we have come to understand the world, from the invention of the very first tools to the mind-bending theories of quantum physics.

Leonard Mlodinow guides us through the critical eras and events in the development of science, all of which, he demonstrates, were propelled forward by humankind's collective struggle to know. From the birth of reasoning and culture to the formation of the studies of physics, chemistry, biology, and modern-day quantum physics, we come to see that much of our progress can be attributed to simple questions - why? how? - bravely asked. Mlodinow profiles some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers who explored these questions - Aristotle, Galileo, Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Lavoisier among them - and makes clear that just as science has played a key role in shaping the patterns of human thought, human subjectivity has played a key role in the evolution of science.

At once authoritative and accessible, and infused with the author's trademark wit, this deeply insightful book is a stunning tribute to humanity's intellectual curiosity.

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In The Upright Thinkers physicist Leonard Mlodinow traces the history of human thinking, especially in the sciences of physics, chemistry and biology from the earliest times of human existence up to the present. What we discover is the personal details of many famous men and especially how one incident transformed their lives. The history of Western science has never been so easy to read and totally enjoyable. - Tony, The Book Grocer

“Mlodinow never fails to make science both accessible and entertaining.”

Stephen Hawking, author of A Brief History of Time

“An entrancing tale of scientific history. . . . Mlodinow provides many cultural touchstones and tells personal stories, both poignant and amusing, about his experiences as a theoretical physicist to draw us even closer to the history.”

—The Washington Post 

“Mlodinow is an engaging narrator who leavens the proceedings with a mischievous wit.”

—The Wall Street Journal  (JC BookGrocer)


LEONARD MLODINOW received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the University of California, Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and was on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology. His previous books include the best sellers Subliminal (winner of the PEN/E. O. Wilson Award), War of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra), The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), and The Drunkard s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives (a New York Times Notable Book), as well as Feynman s Rainbow and Euclid s Window. He also wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation."

General Fields

  • : 9780307908230
  • : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • : Pantheon Books
  • : May 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leonard Mlodinow
  • : Hardback
  • : 352