Reviews

  • The Upright Thinkers playfully tracks the evolution of man's understanding of the world over millions of years. . . An accessible and engaging read that brings science's brilliant minds to life

    Financial Times
  • 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

    Washington Post
  • Mlodinow is an engaging narrator who leavens the proceedings with a mischievous wit

    Wall Street Journal
  • An audacious encapsulation of our species' trek from savannah to city

    Nature
  • Mlodinow vividly traces the revolutions in thought and culture that define our civilization and, as a bonus, presents a stimulating overview of the history and majestic sweep of modern science

    V. S. Ramachandran, author of The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human
  • An enjoyable and readable introduction to the history of western science, beginning with the first stone tools and ending in the era of quantum physics. Mlodinow takes us on a tour of some of the high points of scientific discovery from Egyptian and Mesopotamian mathematics, to Pythagoras and Aristotle, to the classical era of Galileo and Newton, and finally to the strange worlds of Einsteinian relativity and the uncertainty principle, which taught us how to study worlds beyond the reach of our everyday senses

    David Christian, co-author of Big History: Between Nothing and Everything