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Science in Ancient Greece

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The Greeks made many contributions to medicine and mathematics. Ptolemy, a respected Greek astronomer, was the first person to suggest a model for the positions of the sun, Earth, and the other planets. Modern science also benefits from the methodical research techniques developed by the Greeks.

Discusses the theories of ancient Greek philosopher-scientists such as Ptolemy, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, and Aristotle, and describes some of the scientific discoveries ...

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Overview

The Greeks made many contributions to medicine and mathematics. Ptolemy, a respected Greek astronomer, was the first person to suggest a model for the positions of the sun, Earth, and the other planets. Modern science also benefits from the methodical research techniques developed by the Greeks.

Discusses the theories of ancient Greek philosopher-scientists such as Ptolemy, Pythagoras, Hippocrates, and Aristotle, and describes some of the scientific discoveries attributed to the Greeks and their impact on modern science.

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Gr 4-6-These volumes, remakes of titles from the "First Books" series (Watts), expand greatly on their earlier counterparts. Ancient Greece covers the ideas and achievements of astronomers, mathematicians, geographers, and medical scientists. In Mesopotamia, readers learn that the Babylonians created a symbol for zero and that the Mesopotamians were the first to use a number system to weigh and measure. A final chapter in each of these clearly written books does a good job summarizing the influences of these ancient contributions on modern science. Black-and-white and full-color photographs and reproductions, a few of which are duplicated from the earlier editions, are well captioned. Maps on the versos of the title pages are less detailed but more inviting than in the originals. Italicized words in the text are defined in an appended glossary. The lists of resources offer Internet sites as well as books for further study. These titles are useful for reports, and there's also much to interest science students.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
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Gr 5-8 A useful summary of the development of science and mathematics in the ancient Greek world. Gay points out that many of the discoveries were not made in Greece itself, but by Greeks throughout the Mediterranean basin. Each chapter concentrates on a different aspect of science, such as discoveries in geography, mathematics, astronomy, anatomy, etc. Because there is overlap in some of these fields, the text is occasionally confusing. However, it is helpful to have so much information on Greek scientific thought in one source. This should prove to be an effective source for reports. The index is very good, but the glossary is not useful because the definitions are too short and too vague. Todd Morning, Schaumburg Township Pub . Lib . , Ill.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531159293
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1999
  • Series: Science of the past Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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