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Ascent of Science

ISBN-10: 0195134273

ISBN-13: 9780195134278

Edition: 2000

Authors: Brian L. Silver

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From the revolutionary discoveries of Galileo and Newton to the mind-bending theories of Einstein and Heisenberg, from plate tectonics to particle physics, from the origin of life to universal entropy, and from biology to cosmology, here is a sweeping, readable, and dynamic account of the whole of Western science. In the readable manner and method of Stephen Jay Gould and Carl Sagan, the late Brian L. Silver translates our most important, and often most obscure, scientific developments into a vernacular that is not only accessible and illuminating but also enjoyable. Silver makes his comprehensive case with much clarity and insight; he locates science as the apex of human reason, and reason as our best path to the truth. For all readers curious about--and especially those perhaps intimidated by--what Silver calls "the scientific campaign up to now" in his Preface, The Ascent of Science will be fresh, vivid, and fascinating reading.
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Book details

List price: $54.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/6/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 552
Size: 6.69" wide x 9.69" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.024
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction
Newton Gets It Completely Wrong
I Believe
Thomas Aquinas versus Neil Armstrong
The Second Law
Predicting Catastrophe
From Newton to De Sade: The Partial Triumph of Reason
From Rousseau to Blake: The Revolt against Reason
Lodestone, Amber, and Lightning
Belief and Action
The Demise of Alchemy
The Nineteenth Century
The Material Trinity: The Atom
The Stuff of Existence
Scipio's Dream
Making Waves
The Ubiquity of Motion
Energy
Entropy: Intimations of Mortality
Chaos
The Slow Birth of Biology
In a Monastery Garden
Evolution
The Descent of Man
The Gene Machine
The Lords of Nature?
Life: The Molecular Battle
The Origin of Life? Take Your Choice
The Inexplicable Quantum
New Ways of Thinking
The Land of Paradox
The Elementary Particles
Relativity
Cosmology
The Cosmos and Peeping Tom
The Impossibility of Creation
The Tree of Death
""What the Devil Does It All Mean?""
The Future
Annotated Bibliography
Index