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Greek Science of the Hellenistic Era [electronic resource]: A Sourcebook
Irby-Massie, Georgia L. Author
imprint
New York : Routledge Dec. 2001 Florence : Taylor & Francis Group [Distributor]
description
432 p. ill 00.925 x 00.625 in.
ISBN
0415238471 (Trade Cloth), 9780415238472
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imprint
New York : Routledge Dec. 2001 Florence : Taylor & Francis Group [Distributor]
isbn
0415238471 (Trade Cloth)
9780415238472
standard identifier
9780415238472
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
abstract
Annotation We all want to understand the world around us, and the ancient Greeks were the first to try and do so in a way we can properly call scientific. Their thought and writings laid the essential foundations for the revivals of science in medieval Baghdad and renaissance Europe. Now their work is accessible to all, with this invaluable introduction to c.100 scientific authors active from 320 BCE to 230 CE.
The book begins with an outline of a new socio-political model for the development and decline of Greek science, followed by eleven chapters that cover the main disciplines:
* the science which the Greeks saw as fundamental - mathematics
* astronomy
* astrology and geography
* mechanics
* optics and pneumatics
* the non-mathematical sciences of alchemy, biology, medicine and 'psychology'.
Each chapter contains an accessible introduction on the origins and development of the topic in question, and all the authors are set in context with brief biographies.
catalogue key
10024255
target audience
13 Routledge
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We all want to understand the world around us, and the standard for scientific enquiry of the world was set my the ancient Greeks. Their thought and writings laid the essential foundations for the revivals of science in medieval Baghdad and renaissance Europe. Now this book makes the work of over 100 of these fathers of modern science available to all. The book begins by describing the environment in Ancient Greece that led to both the development and decline of Greek science, followed by eleven chapters that cover the main disciplines. Each chapter includes a brief biography of each ancient author.
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We all want to understand the world around us, and the ancient Greeks were the first to try and do so in a way we can properly call scientific. Their thought and writings laid the essential foundations for the revivals of science in medieval Baghdad and renaissance Europe. Now their work is accessible to all, with this invaluable introduction to c.100 scientific authors active from 320 BCE to 230 CE. The book begins with an outline of a new socio-political model for the development and decline of Greek science, followed by eleven chapters that cover the main disciplines: * the science which the Greeks saw as fundamental - mathematics * astronomy * astrology and geography * mechanics * optics and pneumatics * the non-mathematical sciences of alchemy, biology, medicine and 'psychology'. Each chapter contains an accessible introduction on the origins and development of the topic in question, and all the authors are set in context with brief biographies.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xxi
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiv
Figure and Maps Creditsp. xxix
Timeline of Authors Excerptedp. xxxi
Introductionp. 1
Mathematicsp. 18
Astronomyp. 47
Astrologyp. 82
Geographyp. 113
Mechanicsp. 150
Opticsp. 180
Hydrostatics and Pneumaticsp. 204
Alchemyp. 226
Biology: Botany and Zoologyp. 255
Medicinep. 290
Psychologyp. 331
Bibliographyp. 360
Indexesp. 371
Concordance of Passages Cited (Not Excerpted)p. 385
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