Eureka!: What Archimedes Really Meant

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Have you ever felt the touch of Adam Smith's "invisible hand?" Do you know what a quantum is and where it leaps? Are you fuzzy on the notion of fuzzy logic? You'll cry "Eureka!" as you discover answers here to all of these mysteries and more, though you probably won't run through the streets naked the way Archimedes did. A fascinating tour of some of the most influential and most often cited great ideas, Eureka! is a clear, concise, and enjoyable guide for all of those who are uncertain about Heisenberg's ...
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Overview

Have you ever felt the touch of Adam Smith's "invisible hand?" Do you know what a quantum is and where it leaps? Are you fuzzy on the notion of fuzzy logic? You'll cry "Eureka!" as you discover answers here to all of these mysteries and more, though you probably won't run through the streets naked the way Archimedes did. A fascinating tour of some of the most influential and most often cited great ideas, Eureka! is a clear, concise, and enjoyable guide for all of those who are uncertain about Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle or have trouble telling Mendel's Laws from Newton's. From Plato's cave and original sin to virtual reality and semiotics, Eureka! examines thousands of years of great thoughts, extracting their essence without sacrificing their profundity. You'll meet great thinkers such as Pythagoras, Pascal, Pavlov, and Parkinson; ponder the origins and fate of the universe; and grasp why Freud and Marx are so important, even if they were ultimately wrong. From the sacred to the profane, the economic to the existential, chaos theory to the global village, Eureka! translates the most significant theories, laws, principles, and paradoxes into powerful, clear, and entertaining stories. Francis Bacon once said, "Knowledge itself is power," and Eureka! provides the power by making knowledge fun.
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A compact (5.5x7") compendium of condensed explanations. Concepts in philosophy, science and math, and the human sciences are elucidated in an entertaining style. The listed sources and references would be more useful if they were specific to each treated subject. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062700964
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 256

Table of Contents

Introduction
Philosophy
Watchmaker, Gambler, or What?: Ideas of God 1
Ideas from Long Ago: Greek Philosophy 18
Cogito Ergo Huh?: Beginnings of Modern Philosophy 27
-Isms, -Ologies, and other Alarming Developments: Philosophy since the Nineteenth Century 54
Science and Mathematics
What Goes Up Must Come Down: Basic Theories 75
From Here to Uncertainty: Modern Physics 92
Is Your Logic Fuzzy?: The New Mathematics 108
Big Bang to Big Mess: Entropy, Chaos, and Other Reasons the Universe Is Going to Hell 129
Do You Have Your Mother's Eyes?: Evolution and Genetics 146
The Human Sciences
Oedipus, Less Complex: Psychology 157
De-Signs of the Times: Postmodern Paradigms 183
In Search of the Invisible Hand: Economics 204
Before We Leave You, A Few More Thoughts 227
App.: Equations 239
App.: Sources 239
App.: References 239
Index 247
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