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In the Light of Science free pdf The birth of science in ancient Greece had a historical impact that is still being felt today. Physicist Demetris Nicolaides examines the epochal shift in thinking that led pre-Socratic philosophers of the sixth and fifth centuries BCE to abandon the prevailing mythologies of the age and, for the first time, to 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 that scientists of the twenty-first century are still grappling with the fundamental problems raised twenty-five hundred years ago. Looking at the vast sweep of human history, the author delves into the factors that led to the birth of science: urbanization, the role of religion, and in Greece a progressive intellectual curiosity that was unafraid to question tradition. Why did the first scientific approach to understanding the world take place in Greece? The author makes a convincing case 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. "In the Light of Science" is a unique approach to the history of science revealing the important links between the ancient past and the present scientific endeavor to understand the universe.

About Demetris Nicolaides

Demetris Nicolaides, PhD, is an award-winning professor of physics at Bloomfield College. He has authored many scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented his research at conferences nationally. He is a member of the American Physical Society and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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Author : Demetris Nicolaides
Publisher : Prometheus Books
Data Published : 12 November 2014
ISBN : 1615922253
EAN : 9781615922253
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 250 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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