The Earth: From Myths to Knowledge

The Earth: From Myths to Knowledge

by Hubert Krivine


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ISBN-13: 9781781687994
Publisher: Verso Books
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Hubert Krivine is a physicist, retired professor and researcher at the Laboratoire de Physique nucléaire et des hautes énergies. He is the author of several books on modern physics.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tariq Ali vii

Introduction xiii

How to Use this Book xix

Part 1 Earth's Age 1

1 'Pre-Science' 5

2 The Beginning of the Modern Age 13

3 TheTwentieth Century and Radioactivity 33

Part 2 Earth's Movement 47

4 Before Copernicus 51

5 The Construction of Heliocentrism 79

6 Distances 105

7 The Battle over Heliocentrism 113

Part 3 'only' Scientific Truth? 147

8 Why Truth Matters 149

Afterword Jacques Bouveresse 159

Appendix A The Proofs of the Earth's Motion 171

Appendix B Kelvin's Model and Calculation 179

Appendix C Radioactivity 183

Appendix D The Copernicus/Tycho Brahe Equivalence 191

Appendix E The Relativity of Trajectories 195

Acknowledgements 197

Notes 201

Glossary 253

Bibliography 259

Index 271

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