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The grand contraption : the world as myth, number, and chance

Author: David Park
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tells the story of humanity's attempts through 4,000 years of written history to make sense of the world in its cosmic totality, to understand its physical nature, and to know its real and imagined  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Park
ISBN: 0691121338 9780691121338 9780691130538 0691130531
OCLC Number: 937112593
Awards: Commended for Independent Publisher Book Awards (Science) 2006
Description: 331 s. : illustrations
Contents: List of Illustrations ix Preface xiii CHAPTER ONE: Voices from the Sands 1 1.1 The Biblical Universe 1 1.2 Tales from Sumer and Egypt 6 1.3 Two More Worlds 15 1.4 Deluge 18 1.5 The Twisted Axle 22 CHAPTER TWO: Managing the World 26 2.1 Dramatis Personae 27 2.2 The Lower Tier 31 2.3 The Shape of the World 35 2.4 Fortune-Telling 40 2.5 The Stars Move Westward 44 2.6 Guiding Hands 47 CHAPTER THREE: Guesswork 54 3.1 A Mass of Rock 54 3.2 Ionians 57 3.3 Earth, Sun, Moon, and Law 60 3.4 A World Made of Numbers 62 3.5 Change and Eternity 68 3.6 Theories of Matter 72 3.7 Atoms and the Pursuit of Happiness 78 CHAPTER FOUR: Earth and Heaven 83 4.1 Law and Nature 83 4.2 Measuring Months and Years 87 4.3 Plato's Fantasy 88 4.4 Aristotle's Optimism 96 CHAPTER FIVE: Beginnings and Endings 107 5.1 Time and Space 107 5.2 Creation 111 5.3 The Universe Recycled 116 5.4 The End of Everything 120 CHAPTER SIX: Philosophy Continued 126 6.1 The Stars in Motion 126 6.2 Stars, Earth, and Numbers 132 6.3 Omens and Demons 136 6.4 Remembrance of Things Past 142 6.5 Motes of Dust 148 6.6 The Great Design 153 INTERLUDE: The World Map 161 I.1 Earth and Cosmos 162 I.2 Explorers and Traders 164 I.3 The Christian Earth 168 I.4 Travelers' Tales 172 I.5 The Age of Exploration 180 CHAPTER SEVEN: Toward a New Astronomy 190 7.1 The Sun Stands Still 191 7.2 The Mathematical Plan 197 7.3 The World Observed 204 7.4 A World Invented 210 7.5 Isaac Newton 217 CHAPTER EIGHT: What Is the World Made Of? 225 8.1 Atoms Reborn 226 8.2 Transformations 228 8.3 A Theory of Matter 231 8.4 Atoms and Numbers 233 8.5 Ether and the Nature of Light 239 CHAPTER NINE: The Universe Measured 245 9.1 Surveyors at Work 245 9.2 The Age of the Earth 251 9.3 The Long Descent of Man 255 CHAPTER TEN: The Exploding Universe 269 10.1 The Cosmos in Motion 269 10.2 The Big Bang 272 10.3 What's Out There? 279 CHAPTER ELEVEN: The View from Here 283 11.1 Is There Anyone Else? 283 11.2 The Best of All Possible Worlds? 286 11.3 Will It Ever End? 289 11.4 Reflections 292 References and Further Reading 297 Bibliography 311 Index 327
Responsibility: David Park.

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Finalist for the 2006 Book Award in Science, Independent Publisher Book Awards "Through flood myths and daimones (guardian angels), and the interplay of the elements--earth, air, fire and water--Park Read more...

 
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