A History of Western Science

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August 1992



Author Anthony M. Alioto clearly presents complex scientific concepts in a narrative style that is easy to understand, making ideas such as Aristotelian physics, Newtonian physics and calculus, evolution, special and general relativity, and quantum mechanics accessible to readers with little or no scientific background.


I. BEGINNINGS: SCIENCE IN ANTIQUITY. 1. Man, Gods, and the Cosmos. 2. Lighting the Lamp: Early Greece. 3. The Elements of All Things: Numbers and Ideas. 4. The First Scientist: Aristotle. 5. The Temple of the Muses: Science after Aristotle. 6. Greek to Latin: Science in the Age of Rome. II. REASON AND FAITH: THE MIDDLE AGES. 7. Athens and Jerusalem: Pagan Science and Christianity. 8. The Cosmic Garden: Islamic Science and the Twelfth Century Renaissance. 9. The Errors of the Philosophers. 10. The Gate and the Key: Empiricism, Mathematics, and Experiment. 11. Medieval Skeptics. Interlude: Chickens and the Scientific Method. III. THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION. 12. "Man Can Do All Things..." The Renaissance. 13. The Earth Moves! 14. From Magic to Mechanism. 15. The Language of Nature: Galileo. 16. "Such a Wonderful Uniformity." 17. Skeptical Chemists. 18. Optimism, or Cultivating the Garden. IV. LIFE ITSELF. 19. The Dark Abyss of Time. 20. The Law of Higgledly-Piggledy. 21. Progress in the Nineteenth Century: Life and Matter. 22. Progress in the Nineteenth Century: Classical Physics. V. THE SECOND REVOLUTION AND BEYOND. 23. Strange New World: Relativity. 24. The Story ofh. 25. Things Past, Things to Come: Cosmology. 26. The Secret of Life. EPILOGUE: "Human, All-Too-Human."
EAN: 9780133885132
ISBN: 0133885135
Untertitel: Revised. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: August 1992
Seitenanzahl: 454 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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