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Science: A Four Thousand Year History Patricia Fara

Science: A Four Thousand Year History

Patricia Fara

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ISBN : 9780199580279
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481 pages
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In Science, Patricia Fara rewrites sciences 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 andMoreIn Science, Patricia Fara rewrites sciences 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, Faras 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 Copernicuss sun-centered astronomy, Newtons gravity, and Darwins 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 sciences 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. Features The story of science, from the beginnings to the 21st century, from ancient Babylon to genetics and particle physics A truly global history, looking not just at the more familiar story of science in Europe but also at the contributions of China and the Islamic empire Shows the world of science as part of the cut and thrust of war, politics, business, and personal ambition throughout the centuries