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In the Light of Science: Our Ancient Quest for Knowledge and the Measure of Modern Physics

 
 
Author
Demetris Nicolaides.
Publisher Prometheus  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 9 x 6 x 0.75 inches
ISBN 9781615922253
Pages/Publication Date 266/2014
Daedalus Item Code 60564
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Why did the first scientific approach to understanding the world take place in Greece? Physicist Demetris Nicolaides posits that, aside from factors of geography and politics, the power of the Greek language and a cultural proclivity for critical thinking played a large role. Here he examines what led pre-Socratic philosophers of the 6th and 5th centuries BC to abandon the prevailing mythologies of the age and analyze the natural world in terms of impersonal, rationally understood principles. He argues not only that their conceptual breakthroughs anticipated much of later science, but also that scientists of the 21st century are still grappling with the fundamental problems raised 2500 years ago.
 
 
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