Berlinski is at his best as he discusses everything from the Tower of Babel as a metaphor for modern science, to his friendship with Marcel Schützenberger.
Until the day before yesterday, the imperial architects of the scientific revolution were well satisfied and sleek as seals.
“Many will read this book for the close, elegant reasoning, the astonishing erudition, or the mordant analysis. I confess I read it for the prose.”
Meanwhile, the will to become gods — transhumanism in a nutshell — still beckons with its ancient glamour.
Darwin found himself in the unhappy position of having his faith undermined by what he saw as the non-directed processes of geological and biological evolution.