The Ascent of Science / Edition 1

The Ascent of Science / Edition 1

by Brian L. Silver
     
 

A history of Western science from the Renaissance to the present.

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Overview

A history of Western science from the Renaissance to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195134278
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
1Newton Gets It Completely Wrong3
2I Believe11
3Thomas Aquinas versus Neil Armstrong29
4The Second Law37
5Predicting Catastrophe42
6From Newton to De Sade: The Partial Triumph of Reason50
7From Rousseau to Blake: The Revolt against Reason68
8Lodestone, Amber, and Lightning81
9Belief and Action103
10The Demise of Alchemy113
11The Nineteenth Century121
12The Material Trinity: The Atom135
13The Stuff of Existence149
14Scipio's Dream169
15Making Waves183
16The Ubiquity of Motion201
17Energy209
18Entropy: Intimations of Mortality215
19Chaos233
20The Slow Birth of Biology253
21In a Monastery Garden262
22Evolution268
23The Descent of Man282
24The Gene Machine292
25The Lords of Nature?307
26Life: The Molecular Battle319
27The Origin of Life? Take Your Choice339
28The Inexplicable Quantum357
29New Ways of Thinking371
30The Land of Paradox378
31The Elementary Particles401
32Relativity417
33Cosmology442
34The Cosmos and Peeping Tom451
35The Impossibility of Creation463
36The Tree of Death479
37"What the Devil Does It All Mean?"488
38The Future509
Annotated Bibliography513
Index519

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