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The lagoon : how Aristotle invented science

Author: Armand Marie Leroi; Simon MacPherson, (Translator); David Koutsogiannopoulos
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2015. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Both a travelogue and a study of the origins of science, The Lagoon shows how an ancient thinker still has much to teach us today. Aristotle's philosophy looms large over the history of Western thought, but the subject he most loved was biology. He wrote vast treatises on animals, dissecting them, classifying them, recording how they lived, fed, and bred. He founded a science. It can even be said that he founded  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Aristotle.; Aristotle.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Armand Marie Leroi; Simon MacPherson, (Translator); David Koutsogiannopoulos
ISBN: 0143127985 9780143127987 9780670026746 0670026743
OCLC Number: 905519982
Notes: "First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014"--Title page verso.
Description: 501 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: At Erato --
The island --
The known world --
The anatomies --
Natures --
The dolphin's snore --
The instruments --
The bird winds --
The soul of the cuttlefish --
Foam --
The valley of sheep --
Recipe for an oyster --
Figs, honey, fish --
The stone forest --
Kosmos --
The strait of Pyrrha.
Other Titles: How Aristotle invented science
Responsibility: Armand Marie Leroi ; with translations from the Greek by Simon MacPherson and original illustrations by David Koutsogiannopoulos.

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"Both a travelogue and a study of the origins of science, The Lagoon shows how an ancient thinker still has much to teach us today. Aristotle's philosophy looms large over the history of Western thought, but the subject he most loved was biology. He wrote vast treatises on animals, dissecting them, classifying them, recording how they lived, fed, and bred. He founded a science. It can even be said that he founded science itself. In this luminous book, acclaimed biologist Armand Marie Leroi recovers Aristotle's science. He explores Aristotle's observations, his deep ideas, his inspired guesses--and the things he got wildly wrong. Leroi visits the Aegean island where Aristotle plumbed the secrets of the living world in all its beauty. Modern science still bears the stamp of its founder. The Lagoon reveals that Aristotle was not only the first biologist, but also one of the greatest."--Publisher's website.

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