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Anaximander and the birth of science

Summary: "The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics illuminates the nature of science through the revolutionary ideas of the Greek philosopher Anaximander Over two millennia ago, the prescient insights of Anaximander paved the way for cosmology, physics, geography, meteorology, and biology, setting in motion a new way of seeing the world. His legacy includes the revolutionary ideas that the Earth floats in a void, that animals evolved, that the world can be understood in natural rather than supernatural terms, and that universal laws govern all phenomena. He introduced a new mode of rational thinking with an openness to uncertainty and the progress of knowledge. In this elegant work, the renowned theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli brings to light the importance of Anaximander's overlooked influence on modern science. He examines Anaximander not from the point of view of a historian or as an expert in Greek philosophy, but as a scientist interested in the deep nature of scientific thinking, which Rovelli locates in the critical and rebellious ability to reimagine the world again and again. Anaximander celebrates the radical lack of certainty that defines the scientific quest for knowledge"--

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  • ISBN: 9780593542361
  • ISBN: 0593542363
  • ISBN: 9780593542378
  • Physical Description: print
    xx, 236 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2023.

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General Note: Translation of: Che cos'è la scienza : la rivoluzione di Anassimandro, and published in French as La naissance de la pensée scientifique : Anaximandre de Milet, and also published as Anaximandre de Milet, ou la naissance de la pensée scientifique; previously published in English as The First Scientist: Anaximander and His Legacy.
Text in English, translated from the French.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-219) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: The sixth century BCE -- 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 God? -- Prescientific thought -- Conclusion: Anaximander's heritage.
Language Note:
Text in English, translated from the French.
Subject: Anaximander
Astronomy History To 1500
Science Philosophy
Philosophy, Ancient
Cosmology, Ancient
Science Methodology History To 1500
Cosmology, Ancient
Philosophy, Ancient
Science Philosophy
Genre: History.

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