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The story of science : from the writings of Aristotle to the big bang theory

The story of science : from the writings of Aristotle to the big bang theory

Author: S Wise Bauer
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Far too often, public discussion of science is carried out by journalists, voters, and politicians who have received their science secondhand. The Story of Science shows us the joy and importance of reading groundbreaking science writing for ourselves and guides us back to the masterpieces that have changed the way we think about our world, our cosmos, and ourselves. Able to be referenced individually, or read  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Galileo
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S Wise Bauer
ISBN: 9780393243260 0393243265
OCLC Number: 1089543909
Description: xx, 316 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part I. The beginnings. The first science texts: The first written attempt to explain the physical world in physical terms --
Beyond man: The first big-picture accounts of the universe --
Change: The first theory of evolution --
Grains of sand: The first use of mathematics to measure the universe --
The void: The first treatise on nature to dispense entirely with the divine --
The Earth-centered universe: The most influential science book in history --
The last ancient astronomer: An alternate explanation for the universe, with better mathematics, but no more proof --
Part II. The birth of the method. A new proposal: A challenge to Aristotle, and the earliest articulation of the scientific method --
Demonstration: The refutation of one of the greatest ancient authorities through observation and experimentation --
The death of Aristotle: The overthrow of ancient authority in favor of observations and proofs --
Instruments and helps: Improving the experimental method by distorting nature and extending the senses --
Rules of reasoning: Extending the experimental method across the entire universe --
Part III. Reading the earth. The genesis of geology: The creation of the science of the earth --
The laws of the new science: Two different theories are proposed as explanations for the Earth's present form --
A long and steady history: Uniformitarianism becomes the norm --
The unanswered question: Calculating the age of the Earth --
The return of the grand theory: Continental drift --
Catastrophe, redux: Bringing extraordinary events back into Earth's history --
Part IV. Reading life (with special reference to us). --
Biology: The first systematic attempt to describe the history of life --
Natural selection: The first naturalistic explanation for the origin of species --
Inheritance: The laws, and mechanisms, of heredity revealed --
Synthesis: Bringing cell-level discoveries and the grand story of evolution together --
The secret of life: Biochemistry tackles the mystery of inheritance --
Biology and destiny: The rise of neo-Darwinist reductionism, and the resistance to it --
Part V. Reading the cosmos (reality). Relativity: The limits of Newtonian physics --
Damn quantum jumps: The discovery of subatomic random swerves --
The triumph of the Big Bang: Returning to the question of beginnings, and contemplating the end --
The butterfly effect: Complex systems, and the (present) limits of our understanding.
Responsibility: Susan Wise Bauer.


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