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: Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya (Audible Audio Edition): Dick Teresi, Peter Johnson . Lost Discoveries has ratings and 33 reviews. conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins. Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi’s innovative history of science, explores the unheralded scientific breakthroughs from peoples of the ancient world.
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I just couldn’t get into this book, but I don’t think it’s Teresi’s fault. Scientific inquiry was never an exclusively western-european endeavor, though many of the quick historical surveys written make it seem that way.
I did learn a great deal from this book and I was disxoveries for having read it. While the historical notes are interesting, they are typically used to support tangential claims of denigrated contributions from other societies while sometimes true, often his own research points out that the world-wide discovery of previous scientific findings occurred after western reinvention – it is unclear what the author wants – a renaming of theo This title was thoroughly disappointing.
Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Numerous points, such as the author’s claim that ancient societies anticipated integral disccoveries, are footnoted only to private email messages from Kaplan or Joseph.
So much of his information, if correct, is really fascinating. Examples of the discoveries of basic diacoveries by early peoples that later turn up as part of the Western canon are provided by this author in great detail. The ancient Greeks gave copious credit to the earlier Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations for their thoughts in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and other fields.
It merely creates the appearance of scholasticism without the work. It existed thousands Okay I admit I couldn’t make it all the way through. Machines as a Measure of Man.
Someone needs to write a better book on this topic. Islamic scholars are legendary for translating scientific texts of many languages into Arabic, a tradition that began with alchemical books. For science buffs who are curious about ‘How do we know?
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The facts of the hard sciences are universal and don’t belong to a single culture. Dick Teresi No preview available – My library Help Advanced Book Search.
Although it was very interesting to read about non-European science and history the book was a bit boring to get trhough. Return to Book Page. It’s this bias that makes me all the more suspicious of the assertions in ‘Carnage’. This is an interesting book on how modern science and mathematics, long believed to have come purely from Greek roots, in fact arose from a much broader base of ancient cultures, including Babylonia, India, China and the Arab world as well as Greece.
I feel that the version were Europeans invented science is still prevalent, and that lots of people will never see it another way. Boldly challenging conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins of contemporary science back to their ancient roots in an eye-opening account and landmark work.
On the other hand, how many science fiction writers are credited with predicting the future? Open Preview See a Problem? To understand that our cumulative knowledge and wherewithal comes from such a diverse cultural base that goes back so far in time has a profound impact and makes this book well worth a read. Popular passages Page 17 – To this day, the theorem of Pythagoras remains dscoveries most important single theorem in the whole of mathematics.
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It has the virtue incorporating the non-eurocentric view without tersi to extremes and it tries to paint an accurate portrait without too much ideology. This is an excellent survey of the early history of various sciences, from Mathematics and Astronomy to Physics and Chemistry, that was discovered or developed by ancient civilizations that existed outside of our known Western worlds.
But the ideas that give scientists goals for search and understanding is what gets the ball rolling. Hoffman Limited preview – While the content within the book is truly interesting the author presents discovreies in a less than interesting way making the reading at points a bit dry and difficult to grind through. For instance, the critical early sections on mathematics are based almost entirely on letters and emails from two colleagues — Kapl This is an interesting book on how modern science and mathematics, long believed to have come purely from Greek roots, in fact discoveties from a much broader base of ancient cultures, including Babylonia, Discoverries, China and the Arab world as well as Greece.
However, the East China, in particular were much better with science, exploration and invention than the West has ever been.
The ancient Greeks gave copious credit to the earlier Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations for their thoughts in mathematics, astronom This was an interesting read so close after Carnage and Culture.
The first extensive and authoritative multicultural history of science written for a popular audience, Lost Discoveries fills a critical void in our scientific, cultural, and intellectual history and is destined to become a classic in its field.
His writing style is wanting, too. Yet this same pivotal author, whose writings are the first to present our modern arithmetic system, is completely unmentioned in the mathematical chapter.
Plucking a minute data point out of a philosophy because it happens to share a similarity with current science i. Considering he spends a full paragraph to tie together his observations at the end of pages, I prefer to think of the book as an anthology of columns rather than an actual effort to examine the issue in toto.
It is also interesting to see the similarities between the different cultures. And the exact fit of the numbers describes the exact laws that bind the universe.
This achieves nothing – out of context these are just little factoids, useful only as a prelude to a chat down the pub. Simon and SchusterMay 11, – Science – pages. Our numerals, 0 through 9, were invented in ancient India; the Indians also boasted geometry, trigonometry, and a kind of calculus. I’m almost afraid of what unsupported conclusion he would have come to — though mercifully, his musings do not seem to point to the alien visitors so many who have studied ancient technology resort to.
Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science–from the Babylonians to the Maya
I’m unsure if I’m happy or not about how he wraps things up. Dec 02, Christopher rated it liked it Shelves: All in all, I found it fascinating and thought provoking. This was interesting reading although some of it was slow in areas where my science background is getting rusty.
It is fascinating to learn how other people from earlier times came up with incredible ideas that we take for granted today. This was an enjoyable book in that it opened the pages of long lost ideas and discoveries made around the world and across a wider expanse of time than we are generally taught. This book discusses the modern science and how non-western cultures have contributed to science.