A Magical World by Derek K. Wilson

A Magical World

Spanning some of the most vibrant and fascinating eras in European history, Cambridge historian Derek Wilson reveals a society filled with an ardent desire for knowledge and astounding discoveries—and the fantastic discoveries that flowered from it. There was the discovery of the movement of blood around the body; the movement of the earth around the sun; the velocity of falling objects (and why those objects fell).But these these thinkers were...

Details A Magical World

TitleA Magical World
Release DateFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Science, Philosophy, European History, Historical

Reviews A Magical World

  • Samantha
    A more accurate title for this book would have been: Here Are Some Things I Know About European History.It's all very correct, very competently written, and very diligently researched. But the information included has only a tangential relationship with magic and superstition. While the text is an accurate history of science and religion and does a decent job of linking the two together, it fails to connect these things to the purported topic of ...
  • Mary
    In spite of the title, this is neither a history of superstition nor a history of science. It is more about attitudes toward knowledge and learning, or how superstition and "rational inquiry" affected philosophy and religious thought than anything else. I'm still not sure what point the author was trying to make.
  • Peter Mcloughlin
    A look at the scientific revolution and the intellectual culture around it going from the late middle ages into the 18th century and the philosophical, religious, occult and growing scientific thought of this grab bag of intellectual ferment in Europe during this period. This could be a much longer book but ideas are always generated in any age some good some bad and hopefully, the good ones stick when thrown against the wall. This book chronicle...
  • Fox
    A Magical World was not a bad book - don't get my rating wrong - it was simply not the book that I expected it to be based upon the title and description. I was expecting, and hoping, for a book about the history of superstitious thought and how it changed over time. I was expecting reference to the fairy faith, and the very different way that the world was viewed before the advent of the scientific revolution. I was hoping for the analysis of ho...
  • Devon Black
    Not what it says on the tin. Title says "Superstition," but really this book is all about religion and science intersecting in the early modern era. The information is very interesting, and the book is enjoyable as vignettes. However, when put together, I can't make heads or tails of what Wilson's organizational scheme is. He discusses science and religion's intersection by briefly talking on different figures throughout the period, loosely in ch...
  • Laura
    So boring... Not even remotely about magic, and barely even about superstition. Astrology is mentioned frequently, but the rest is just a history of the Christian church, where evidently there is no superstition because super smart thinkers decided Christianity must be true so all the superstition is science instead. I'm not sure if any of the ideas or opinions belonged to the author or if it was all historical, but I disagree with some of the co...
  • Gloria
    A British historian offers a richly detailed whirlwind of great thinkers in the years leading up to the mid-18th century. While many are familiar names such as Isaac Newton and Galileo, there are many others who contributed to the ultimate question of "How can I be saved?"It is hard to understand today how slowly information moved then between countries and across oceans. This sheds light on key issues that emerged through several centuries. With...
  • Gloria
    I found this book very interesting it is a book about superstitions, religion,science and the surprising thing is the more you read it the more you begin to see that all of these things were interrelated not nearly as separate as people believe today, for instance churches were involved in educating people because they wanted them to be able to read the bible Etc. Church was not as far removed from science as people think monks were looking into ...
  • Rae
    This was not quite what I expected. What is here is good, but it's stuff I already knew and very much like a condensed text book. I was fairly bored, but if the reader is new to this material, it will interest them.
  • Lysistrata
    Or, "A Magical Word: A Vague History of the Church After the Middle Ages."Will write a full review later.
  • Erin
    An interesting book although a bit dry to read. I loved learning more about famous scientists, etc.
  • Kristie
    For the most part I enjoyed reading this novel, however, it wasn't really what I was expecting based on the synopsis but overall, it was very well researched and written.