The Resource Science : a four thousand year history, Patricia Fara

Science : a four thousand year history, Patricia Fara

Label
Science : a four thousand year history
Title
Science
Title remainder
a four thousand year history
Statement of responsibility
Patricia Fara
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this book the author rewrites science's past to provide new ways of understanding and questioning our modern technological society. Aiming not just to provide information but to make people think, it explores how science has become so powerful by describing the financial interests and imperial ambitions behind its success. Sweeping through the centuries from ancient Babylon right up to the latest hi-tech experiments in genetics and particle physics, the book also ranges internationally, challenging notions of European superiority by emphasising the importance of scientific projects based around the world, including revealing discussions of China and the Islamic Empire alongside the more familiar stories about Copernicus's sun-centered astronomy, Newton's gravity, and Darwin's theory of evolution. We see for instance how Muslim leaders encouraged science by building massive libraries, hospitals, and astronomical observatories. We rediscover the significance of medieval Europe, long overlooked, where religious institutions ensured science's survival, as the learning preserved in monasteries was subsequently developed in new and unique institutions: universities. Instead of focusing on esoteric experiments and abstract theories, the author 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. Finally, this volume challenges scientific supremacy itself, arguing that science is successful not because it is always indubitably right, but because people have said that it is right. Science dominates modern life, but perhaps the globe will be better off by limiting science's powers and undoing some of its effects
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fara, Patricia
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
Q125
LC item number
.F27 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2009 K-295
  • Q 125
NLM item number
F219s 2009
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Science
  • Science and civilization
  • Science
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Science
  • Science and civilization
  • Naturwissenschaften
Label
Science : a four thousand year history, Patricia Fara
Link
https://archive.org/details/sciencefourthous00fara
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-390) and index
Contents
1: Origins -- Sevens -- Babylon -- Heroes -- Cosmos -- Life -- Matter -- Technology -- 2: Interactions -- Eurocentrism -- China -- Islam -- Scholarship -- Europe -- Aristotle -- Alchemy -- 3: Experiments -- Exploration -- Magic -- Astronomy -- Bodies -- Machines -- Instruments -- Gravity -- 4: Institutions -- Societies -- Systems -- Careers -- Industries -- Revolutions -- Rationality -- Disciplines -- 5: Laws -- Progress -- Globalization -- Objectivity -- God -- Evolution -- Power -- Time -- 6: Invisibles -- Life -- Germs -- Rays -- Particles -- Genes -- Chemicals -- Uncertainties -- 7: Decisions -- Warfare -- Heredity -- Cosmology -- Information -- Rivalry -- Environment -- Futures
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 408 p.
Isbn
9780199226894
Lccn
2008050975
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)255902910
  • (OCoLC)ocn255902910
Label
Science : a four thousand year history, Patricia Fara
Link
https://archive.org/details/sciencefourthous00fara
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [375]-390) and index
Contents
1: Origins -- Sevens -- Babylon -- Heroes -- Cosmos -- Life -- Matter -- Technology -- 2: Interactions -- Eurocentrism -- China -- Islam -- Scholarship -- Europe -- Aristotle -- Alchemy -- 3: Experiments -- Exploration -- Magic -- Astronomy -- Bodies -- Machines -- Instruments -- Gravity -- 4: Institutions -- Societies -- Systems -- Careers -- Industries -- Revolutions -- Rationality -- Disciplines -- 5: Laws -- Progress -- Globalization -- Objectivity -- God -- Evolution -- Power -- Time -- 6: Invisibles -- Life -- Germs -- Rays -- Particles -- Genes -- Chemicals -- Uncertainties -- 7: Decisions -- Warfare -- Heredity -- Cosmology -- Information -- Rivalry -- Environment -- Futures
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xv, 408 p.
Isbn
9780199226894
Lccn
2008050975
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)255902910
  • (OCoLC)ocn255902910

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