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The Fabric of the Heavens - Stephen E. Toulmin

Paperback Published: 1st January 1961
ISBN: 9780226808482
Number Of Pages: 288

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Conceived as three companion volumes that form an introduction to the central ideas of the modern natural sciences, these books--intelligent, informative, and accessible--are an excellent source for those who have no technical knowledge of the subject.
Praise for "The Fabric of the Heavens":
"I cannot remember when I last went through a book, any book, with such all-devouring zest. What is more, even the most complex technicalities are reduced to a positively crystalline clarity: If I can understand them, anyone can. "The Fabric of the Heavens" is, in every sense of the word, an eye-opener."--Peter Green, "The Yorkshire Post"
"Not until the last chapter of the book is the reader] allowed to think again wholly as a modern man has become accustomed, by common sense, to think. The discipline is admirably suited to the authors' task, and cunningly devised for the reader's edification--and, indeed, for his delight."--"Physics Today"
Praise for "The Architecture of Matter":
""The Architecture of Matter" is to be warmly recommended. It is that rare achievement, a lively book which at the same time takes the fullest possible advantage of scholarly knowledge."--Charles C. Gillespie, "New York Times Book Review"
"One is impressed by the felicity of the examples and by the lively clarity with which significant experiments and ideas are explained. . . . No other history of science is so consistently challenging."--"Scientific American"
Praise for "The Discovery of Time":
"A subject of absorbing interest . . . is presented not as a history of science, but as a chapter in the history of ideas from the ancient Greeks to our own time."--"Times Literary Supplement"

Acknowledgements Authors'
Foreword
General Introduction: Cosmology
The Sources of the Old Order
Celestial Forecasting The Sources The Problems The Background of the Problems The Solution to the Problems The Wider IssuesHow the Babylonians Computed Conjunctions
The Invention of Theory The Sources The Background The Character of Greek Theory The First Theories From Ingredients to Axioms Plato's Geometrical Astronomy 3. The Premature Synthesis Aristotle's Programme Motion and Change The Celestial MechanismThe Size of the Earth's Sphere
Doubters and Heretics Patching up the Dynamics Amending the Astronomy Aristarchos' Heliocentric Theory
Physics Loses Momentum Four Questions The Political Background to Late Greek Astronomy The Scientific Background: The Retreat from Physics The Scientific Background: An Acquisition Ptolemy's Mathematical Astronomy The Wider Revolt against Philosophy Archimedes and the Circle
The New Perspective and Its Consequences
The Interregnum The Roundabout Journey The Mediaeval Revival The Background to Copernicus Mediaeval Arguments about the Moving Earth Copernicus: His Aim and his Theory Copernicus: His Achievement
Preparing the Ground The Background of the New Science The Work of Tycho Brahe Galileo's Telescopic Discoveries Johann Kepler's Astronomical Physics
The Creation of Mechanics The Change from Aristotle to Newton Treating Motion Mathematically Motion and Force The New Ideal: Straight-Line Motion
The New Picture Takes Shape The Man and his Task Newton's Argument The Character of Newton's Achievement The Unity of Craft and Theory
The Widening Horizon The Loose Ends: (1) Planetary Inequalities The Loose Ends: (2) The Mechanism of Gravity The Larger-Scale Picture The Wider Influences of Newton Certainty and Scientific Theory
Index
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ISBN: 9780226808482
ISBN-10: 0226808483
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st January 1961
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Type: New edition