Anaximander / Carlo Rovelli ; translated by Marion Lignana Rosenberg.
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- ISBN: 9781594162626
- ISBN: 159416262X
- Physical Description: xix, 209 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
- Publisher: Yardley : Westholme, 2011.
- Copyright: ©2007
"Originally published as Anaximandre de Milet, ou la naissance de la pensée scientifique by Éditions Dunod"--Title page verso.
"Westholme cloth edition originally titled The First Scientist: Anaximander and His Legacy" -- Title page verso.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages -198) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
The sixth century -- Anaximander's contributions -- Atmospheric phenomena -- Earth floats in space, suspended in the void -- Invisible entities and natural laws -- Rebellion becomes virtue -- Writing, democracy, and cultural crossbreeding -- What is science? -- Between cultural relativism and absolute thought -- Can we understand the world without Gods? -- Prescientific thought.
"Carlo Rovelli, a leading theoretical physicist, uses the figure of Anaximander as the starting point for an examination of scientific thinking itself: its limits, its strengths, its benefits to humankind, and its controversial relationship with religion. Anaximander, the sixth-century BCE Greek philosopher, is often called the "first scientist" because he was the first to suggest that order in the world was due to natural forces, not supernatural ones. He is the first person known to understand that the Earth floats in space; to believe that the sun, the moon, and the stars rotate around it--seven centuries before Ptolemy; to argue that all animals came from the sea and evolved; and to posit that universal laws control all change in the world. Anaximander taught Pythagoras, who would build on Anaximander's scientific theories by applying mathematical laws to natural phenomena. In Anaximander, Rovelli restores the Greek philosopher to his place in the history of science by carefully reconstructing his theories from what is known to us and examining them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Rovelli demonstrates that Anaximander's discoveries and theories were decisive influences, putting Western culture on its path toward a scientific revolution. Developing this connection, Rovelli redefines science as a continuous redrawing of our conceptual image of the world. He concludes that scientific thinking--the legacy of Anaximander--is only reliable when it constantly tests the limits of our current knowledge"--Publisher's website.
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