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The Story Of Science : Aristotle Leads The Way - Joy Hakim

The Story Of Science

Aristotle Leads The Way

By: Joy Hakim

Hardcover Published: 30th November 2004
ISBN: 9781588341600
Number Of Pages: 282
For Ages: 12+ years old

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A SMITHSONIAN BOOK The first installment of a spectacular new series by Joy Hakim, author of the bestselling A History of US, who has been called the J.K. Rowling of nonfiction.

Aristotle Leads the Way focusses on the evolution of astronomy, math, and physics and begins with the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians, who invented a calendar and tools for building and measuring, and the ancient Greeks, whose quest for knowledge drove them not only to describe the natural world but to ask why things are as they are. Hakim explores the lives and ideas of such famous people as Pythagoras, who kept his numbers secret from all but the initiated, Archimedes, who kept the Romans at bay with his war machines, and then, while taking a bath solved a major scientific problem involving pressure and volume. She writes about the remarkable city of Alexandria and its steam-powered vehicles; the Hindu and Arab mathematicians who gave us the idea of zero and our number system; Ptolemy, who mapped and classified world knowledge; and St. Augustine and St. thomas Aquinas, who tried to reconcile their faith with reason. But it is Aristotle who dominates science in this book and before the modern era. His philosophy emphasized observation over cogitation and eventually led to experimentation. Aristotle asked questions and then examined existing objects. Hakim explores his encyclopaedic interest in everything he could find in nature and his monumental achievement in constructing a grand theory that attempted to explain and classify everything known.

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"Hakim has interwoven creation myths, history, physics, and mathematics to present a seamless, multifaceted view of the foundation of modern science. . . . At its essence, the book displays the most appealing aspect of science and mathematics: that advances result from a practical need solved by curious minds."--School Library Journal, starred review

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A Writer's Reasonsp. vi
There's More to This Storyp. viii
Birthing a Universep. 1
Telling It Like They Thought It Was: Myths of Creationp. 9
Making Days: Were the Calendar Makers Lunatics or Just Moonstruck?p. 20
Why Does the Moon Dazzle, Then Disappear?p. 26
Take a Number, Then Write It Downp. 32
Ionia? What's Ionia?p. 34
Measuring with the Mindp. 42
The "A" Teamp. 44
More on Numerals, Geometry, and Math's Originsp. 50
Elementary Matters: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water, Says Empedoclesp. 54
Being at Seap. 58
Why Do Polestars Take Turns?p. 62
Worshiping Numbersp. 64
Chewing on Pi-or Tasting One of Math's Mysteriesp. 70
Pythagoras Knows It's Roundp. 72
There's Gold in Those Irrationalsp. 82
Getting Atomp. 86
Ode to an Atomp. 92
Aristotle and His Teacherp. 94
Plato, Math, and Perfect Numbersp. 98
Does It Change? No Way, Says Ap. 106
Why Mars Is a Little Loopyp. 112
Aristarchus Got It Right-Well, Almost!p. 114
How Far the Moon? It's About Timep. 118
Alexander's Cityp. 120
Smoke and Mirrorsp. 126
What's a Hero?p. 129
Hero, an Airhead?p. 134
Euclid in His Elementsp. 136
Numbers: In Their Primep. 143
Archimedes' Clawp. 146
Is It a Claw or a Flaw?p. 158
Measuring the Earthp. 160
How Did Eratosthenes Come So Close?p. 164
Rome Rulesp. 166
Longitude and Latitude plus Two Greek Mapmakersp. 174
What's the Point?p. 181
The Greatestp. 184
A Saint Who Was No Scientistp. 190
Do You Believe the Polyhistor? Well, Lots of People Didp. 198
No Joke-the Earth Is Pancake Flat!p. 200
Don't Worry-the Round Earth Is Back!p. 206
Absolute Zerop. 218
Mr. Fibonacci's Numbersp. 226
An "Ox" Who Bellowedp. 228
Roger Bacon Predictsp. 236
Books Will Do Itp. 238
The Antipodes: Discovering Down Underp. 248
Cosmic Voyagers: Is It Fiction, or Could It Be True?p. 258
Finally! How Science Worksp. 266
The Prime Number Sieve of Eratosthenesp. 270
Suggested Readingp. 271
NSTA Recommendsp. 272
Picture Creditsp. 274
Permissionsp. 276
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9781588341600
ISBN-10: 1588341607
Series: Story of Science
Audience: General
For Ages: 12+ years old
For Grades: 7+
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 282
Published: 30th November 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.7 x 23.3  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.9