9780199580279

Science A Four Thousand Year History

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    9780199580279

  • ISBN10:

    0199580278

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 4/5/2010
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Summary

In Science, Patricia Fara rewrites science's past to provide new ways of understanding and questioning our modern technological society. Sweeping through the centuries from ancient Babylon right up to the latest hi-tech experiments in genetics and particle physics, Fara's book also ranges internationally, challenging notions of European superiority by emphasizing the importance of scientific projects based around the world, including revealing discussions of China and the Islamic Empire alongside the more familiar stories about Copernicus's sun-centered astronomy, Newton's gravity, and Darwin's theory of evolution. We see for instance how Muslim leaders encouraged science by building massive libraries, hospitals, and astronomical observatories and we rediscover the significance of medieval Europe--long overlooked--where, surprisingly, religious institutions ensured science's survival, as the learning preserved in monasteries was subsequently developed in new and unique institutions: universities. Instead of focussing on esoteric experiments and abstract theories, she explains how science belongs to the practical world of war, politics, and business. And 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.

Author Biography


Patricia Fara lectures in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge and is the Senior Tutor of Clare College. She is the author of numerous books, including Fatal Attraction: Magnetic Mysteries of the Enlightenment and Newton: The Making of Genius. Her writing has appeared in New Scientist, Nature, The Times, and New Statesman, and she writes a regular column for Endeavour.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Origins
Sevens
Babylon
Heroes
Cosmos
Life
Matter
Technology
Interactions
Eurocentrism
China
Islam
Scholarship
Europe
Aristotle
Alchemy
Experiments
Exploration
Magic
Astronomy
Bodies
Machines
Instruments
Gravity
Institutions
Societies
Systems
Careers
Industries
Revolutions
Rationality
Disciplines
Laws
Progress
Globalization
Objectivity
God
Evolution
Power
Time
Invisibles
Life
Disease
Rays
Particles
Genes
Chemicals
Uncertainties
Warfare
Heredity
Cosmology
Information
Rivalry
Environment
Futures
Postscript
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