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The atom in the history of human thought

Author: Bernard Pullman
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2001, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Oxford University Press pbkView all editions and formats
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This text offers a panoramic intellectual history of the atom that begins in ancient Greece, ranges across the entire span of Western philosophy and science, and ends with the first direct visual  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Pullman
ISBN: 0195150406 9780195150407
OCLC Number: 48236844
Language Note: Translation of: L'atome dans l'histoire de la pensée humaine.
Notes: This translation originally published: 1998.
Description: 448 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The birth of the atomic theory: The backdrop: the Greek miracle; The foreground: Arche, the primordial substance; The atomists' entry onto the stage; A very particular atomist: Plato; The antiatomists; Principles and primordial substances; Hindu atomism --
A few scattered revivals during a prolonged suspension (first to fifteenth centuries): Early medieval Christianity vis-a-vis the atoms; The medieval Christian atomists; Medieval Jewish thought vis-a-vis the atoms; Arab atomism --
From the Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment: The resurgence of the atomic theory: Christian atomism; The Christian antiatomists; Boscovitch, or punctual atomism; Berkeley, or atoms dismissed; Kant: an atomist turned antiatomist; The rank-and-file atomists --
The advent of scientific atomism: nineteenth and twentieth centuries: A brief overview; The nineteenth century: in search of the invisible and indivisible atom; The twentieth century: from an invisible and indivisible atom to one that is divisible and visible.
Other Titles: Atome dans l'histoire de la pensée humaine.
Responsibility: Bernard Pullman ; translated by Axel Reisinger.

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