Science: A Four Thousand Year History

Science: A Four Thousand Year History

by Patricia Fara
     
 

ISBN-10: 019922689X

ISBN-13: 9780199226894

Pub. Date: 04/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

"Science: A Four Thousand Year History rewrites science's past. Instead of focussing on difficult experiments and abstract theories, Patricia Fara shows how science has always belonged to the practical world of war, politics, and business. Rather than glorifying scientists as idealized heroes, she tells true stories about real people - men (and some women) who…  See more details below

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"Science: A Four Thousand Year History rewrites science's past. Instead of focussing on difficult experiments and abstract theories, Patricia Fara shows how science has always belonged to the practical world of war, politics, and business. Rather than glorifying scientists as idealized heroes, she tells true stories about real people - men (and some women) who needed to earn their living, who made mistakes, and who trampled down their rivals in their quest for success." "Fara sweeps through the centuries, from ancient Babylon right up to the latest hi-tech experiments in genetics and particle physics, illuminating the financial interests, imperial ambitions, and publishing enterprises that have made science the powerful global phenomenon that it is today. She also ranges internationally, illustrating the importance of scientific projects based around the world, from China to the Islamic empire, as well as the more familiar tale of science in Europe, from Copernicus to Charles Darwin and beyond." Above all, this four thousand year history challenges scientific supremacy, arguing controversially that science is successful not because it is always right - but because people have said that it is right.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199226894
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/15/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Origins
1. Sevens
2. Babylon
3. Heroes
4. Cosmos
5. Life
6. Matter
7. Technology
Part II: Interactions
8. Eurocentrism
9. China
10. Islam
11. Scholarship
12. Europe
13. Aristotle
14. Alchemy
Part III: Experiments
15. Exploration
16. Magic
17. Astronomy
18. Bodies
19. Machines
20. Instruments
21. Gravity
Part IV: Institutions
22. Societies
23. Systems
24. Careers
25. Industries
26. Revolutions
27. Rationality
28. Disciplines
Part V: Laws
29. Progress
30. Globalization
31. Objectivity
32. God
33. Evolution
34. Power
35. Time
Part VI: Invisibles
36. Life
37. Disease
38. Rays
39. Particles
40. Genes
41. Chemicals
42. Uncertainties
Part VII:
43. Warfare
44. Heredity
45. Cosmology
46. Information
47. Rivalry
48. Environment
49. Futures
Postscript

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