A great history of the so-called scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries. He examines the main characters and ideas in the revolution and their cultural context. It's pretty academic in tone, which is okay, but it's far more of a history book than a book about the evolution of curiosity. There are sections on curiosity, how it went from being sacrilegious to being necessary for the learning about the world around us. But I guess it was heavier with history and philosophical debate than I was expecting from the editorial summary. I still learned a lot and am glad I read it, but it was tough to slog through it, even for me, and I'm pretty patient with boring science history stuff.