Science and Technology in World History, Volume 1: The Ancient World and Classical Civilization

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McFarland, Jan 10, 2014 - Science - 275 pages
Science is a living, organic activity, the meaning and understanding of which have evolved incrementally over human history. This book, the first in a roughly chronological series, explores the development of the methodology and major ideas of science, in historical context, from ancient times to the decline of classical civilizations around 300 A.D. It includes details specific to the histories of specialized sciences including astronomy, medicine and physics—along with Roman engineering and Greek philosophy. It closely describes the contributions of such individuals as Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Euclid, Archimedes, Ptolemy, Seneca, Pliny the Elder, and Galen.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
7
1 The Greeks
15
2 Hellenistic Science c 300 BCAD 200
122
3 Roman Engineering
170
4 The Roman Writers
178
5 Hellenistic Philosophy in Rome
204
Conclusion
219
Chapter Notes
221
Bibliography
255
Index
263
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David Deming is a professor of Arts & Sciences at the University of Oklahoma. A geophysicist, research scientist and historian, he has written on topics ranging from the history of science to climate change and energy resources.

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