• "Philip Ball, like Levi, displays a polymath’s enthusiasm for knowledge of all kinds, and writes of science with humility and intelligent generosity."

    Ian Thomson, Telegraph
  • "Ball's fascinating book revels not just in the experiments of these early scientists, but also in their humanity, foibles and passions"

    Ian Critchley, Sunday Times
  • "A wonderfully nuanced and wise study of the scientific revolution"

  • "Fascinating"

    Daily Telegraph
  • "Philip Ball’s scintillating history of curiosity brims with treats"

    Nature Magazine