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Science A Four Thousand Year History

ISBN-10: 0199580278
ISBN-13: 9780199580279
Edition: 2010
Authors: Patricia Fara
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 2/11/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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, fromCopernicus 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.

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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