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Early Physics and Astronomy : A Historical Introduction - Olaf Pedersen

Early Physics and Astronomy

A Historical Introduction

Paperback Published: 10th May 1993
ISBN: 9780521408998
Number Of Pages: 424

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The book is an introductory exposition of the development of the physical and astronomical notions of the universe. It covers the period from Greek antiquity to the Copernican revolution and the Renaissance, half of the text being devoted to medieval science within both the Aristotelian and the Archimedean traditions. The book is intended for a general audience interested in intellectual and scientific developments, but should also be useful as a guide to further studies. Thus it has an extensive bibliography classifying much of the secondary literature on the subject, and also a sixty page 'dictionary' of all the scientists and philosophers mentioned in the text. This contains references to printed editions of the sources and to a selection of books and periodicals.

'This is an exceptional book, written with a clarity of style which not only reveals the broad ebb and flow of scientific ideas throughout the ages, but also illuminates them by closely focussed images of specific individuals and the inspired ideas which brought about the emerging understanding of the physical world. Olaf Pedersen has presented us with an epitome of classical and scientific scholarship, and for that we should be grateful indeed.' Webb Society Quarterly Journal ' ... recommend to anyone interested in the history of science...' Journal of the British Astronomical Society

Science before the Greeks
The new concept of nature
Plato and Greek mathematics
Aristotle and the knowledge of Nature
Practical astronomy
Early Greek cosmology
Mathematical astronomy
The foundation of statics
Dynamics in antiquity
The conception of light and sound
The structure of material substances
Properties of matter and chemical change
The transmission of Greek science
Experimental physics in the middle ages
The development of statics
The establishment of kinematics
Force and motion in the middle ages
Mediaeval astronomy
The change called Renaissance
The reform of astronomy
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ISBN: 9780521408998
ISBN-10: 0521408997
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 424
Published: 10th May 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 15.22  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2

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