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Forgotten Revolution How Science Was Born in 300 BC and Why It Had to Be Reborn

ISBN-10: 3540203966
ISBN-13: 9783540203964
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 2/19/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 487
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

The third and second centuries BC witnessed, in the Greek world, a scientific and technological explosion. Greek culture had reached great heights in art, literature and philosophy already in the earlier classical era, but it was in the age of Archimedes and Euclid that science as we know it was born, and gave rise to sophisticated technology that would not be seen again until the 18th century. This scientific revolution was also accompanied by great changes and a new kind of awareness in many other fields, including art and medicine. What were the landmarks in the meteoric rise of science 2300 years ago? Why are they so little known today, even among scientists, classicists and historians? How do they relate to the post-1500 science that we are familiar with from school? What led to the end of ancient science? These are the questions that this book discusses, in the belief that the answers bear on choices we face today.

Introduction
The Birth of Science
The Erasure of the Scientific Revolution
On the Word ""Hellenistic""
Science
Was There Science in Classical Greece? Origins of Hellenistic Science
Hellenistic Mathematics
Precursors of Mathematical Science.Euclid's Hypothetico-Deductive Method
Geometry and Computational Aids
Discrete Mathematics and the Notion of Infinity
Continuous Mathematics
Euclid and His Predecessors
An Application of the ""Method of Exhaustion""
Trigonometry and Spherical Geometry

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