• "[Ball] has a knack for translating difficult concepts into lucid prose: he offers a refreshingly sceptical guided tour of Chartres Cathedral and the intellectual contents that helped produce it"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Lucid and resplendent...a model of explanatory writing"

    John Carey, Sunday Times
  • "Consistently and healthily sceptical ... an intelligent, enjoyable and well-produced book which deserves a wide audience"

    Times Literary Supplement
  • "An original and imaginative synthesis of art history and history of science"

    History Today
  • "Lucid and resplendent"

    The Times