Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Simple Book Review: "The Birth of Science: Ancient Times to 1699" (1993) by Ray Spangenburg & Diane Kit Moser

The Birth of Science: Ancient Times to 1699 (1993)
by Ray Spangenburg & Diane Kit Moser

This wonderful hardcover book is under The History of Science series. There are five volume in all: #1 The Birth of Science, #2 The Rise of Reason, #3 The Age of Synthesis, #4 Modern Science, and #5 Science Frontiers. This book – or this Series – explores the progress of science through discovery, innovation, collaboration, and experimentation. In The Birth of Science the authors examine the scientific ideas developed by the early Greek, the advances of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and the momentous discoveries of the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century. The book details the work of the “giants” of science (such as Aristotle, Copernicus, Galileo, Newton and Hooke), contributions of diverse cultures, especially Islamic, Chinese and Indian science, and other historical insights.

This book is divided into four parts:
#1 Precursors of Science: From Ancient Time to the Middle Ages
#2 The Scientific Revolution in the Physical Science
#3 The Scientific Revolution in the Life Sciences
#4 Science, Society, and the Scientific Revolution

I love science. I think Isaac Newton spoke for the spirit of science – the thirsty quest for knowledge and the ever-growing recognition that the more we discover, the more intriguing questions arise – when he writes, “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding another smoother pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me"

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