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2. The First Scientific Theories 23
The Creation of Science
1The Early Greeks and their Predecessors
Science Must Begin with Myths
Two Cultures
Cosmos: an Elegant Universe
Myths and Theories
Natural Phenomena
2The First Scientific Theories
The Fathers of Medicine
Eleatics and Atomists: Achilles and the Tortoise
The Pythagoreans: the Secret Magic of Numbers
Come the Time of Proof
Euclid
Science and Technology
Great Achievement Assured
3Men of the World
Plato
Teleology: the Best of all Possible Worlds
Atomism: Let us Trace the Pattern
No Slight or Trivial Influence
Aristotle: The Master of Those who Know
The Terrestrial Realm
The Heavens
Speculations Upon Matter
Aristotle and Qualities
Explanations
Direction of Explanation: Clockwork Lives
4Heavenly Thoughts
Eudoxus: Thinking Regressively
Ptolemaic Astronomy
Revolutionary Thinking
Modelling the Heavens
6Medicine and the Life Sciences
Galen
Ancient Thought on Blood
Aristotle and Biology: Biology’s Beginnings
Embryology and Species
Taxonomy
7Later Greek Science: After Aristotle
Epicurus and Epicureanism: on the Nature of Things
Stoics: the Active and the Passive
Archimedes
Eratosthenes
Hero and his Engine
The Origins of Alchemy and Astrology
Glossary of Terms
Timeline of Ancient Greek Philosopher-scientists
Further Reading
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Andrew Gregory - Eureka! The Birth of Science

Andrew Gregory - Eureka! The Birth of Science

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Andrew Gregory, author of Eureka! The Birth of Science, promises a book that 'attempts to capture the essence and the spirit of Greek achievement, and something of the excitement of the debate between Greek thinkers', and this is just what he delivers. His own personal excitement for the subject bursts through as well, sweeping the reader along and daring them not to get caught up with his enthusiasm.

Eureka! The Birth of Science is a synopsis of the key ideas and schools of thought developed throughout nearly a millennia of ancient Greek theorising that have influenced Renaissance and modern science. In a simple and clear manner, Andrew Gregory presents opposing views on how the Greeks thought the world was composed, and how new ideas built upon the foundations of the masters from previous generations. He also sets the socio-economic and philosophical scene that framed both the ancient Greeks topics of enquiry and conclusions. The reader is presented with a world that seems identical to his own, yet is understood by the Greeks in a way that may seem almost quirky to 21st century science aficionados. The Pythagoreans, for instance, were some of the first people to believe that science could be described mathematically, an idea that modern society takes for granted; however, they also believed that the earth was made out of numbers rather than matter. At times, the descriptions could use further elaboration; however, this book's aim is to summarise rather than to provide an exhaustive exploration of the scientific, historical, and societal underpinnings of Greek science. What we are offered is an introduction into the topic of ancient Greek science. This book is a very clear, digestible, and quick read.
Andrew Gregory, author of Eureka! The Birth of Science, promises a book that 'attempts to capture the essence and the spirit of Greek achievement, and something of the excitement of the debate between Greek thinkers', and this is just what he delivers. His own personal excitement for the subject bursts through as well, sweeping the reader along and daring them not to get caught up with his enthusiasm.

Eureka! The Birth of Science is a synopsis of the key ideas and schools of thought developed throughout nearly a millennia of ancient Greek theorising that have influenced Renaissance and modern science. In a simple and clear manner, Andrew Gregory presents opposing views on how the Greeks thought the world was composed, and how new ideas built upon the foundations of the masters from previous generations. He also sets the socio-economic and philosophical scene that framed both the ancient Greeks topics of enquiry and conclusions. The reader is presented with a world that seems identical to his own, yet is understood by the Greeks in a way that may seem almost quirky to 21st century science aficionados. The Pythagoreans, for instance, were some of the first people to believe that science could be described mathematically, an idea that modern society takes for granted; however, they also believed that the earth was made out of numbers rather than matter. At times, the descriptions could use further elaboration; however, this book's aim is to summarise rather than to provide an exhaustive exploration of the scientific, historical, and societal underpinnings of Greek science. What we are offered is an introduction into the topic of ancient Greek science. This book is a very clear, digestible, and quick read.

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