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    DescriptionThe popularity of Stephen Hawking's work has put cosmology back in the public eye. The question of how the universe began, and why it hangs together, still puzzles scientists. Their puzzlement began two and a half thousand years ago when Greek philosophers first 'looked up at the sky and formed a theory of everything.' Though their solutions are little credited today, the questions remain fresh. The early Greek thinkers struggled to come to terms with and explain the totality of their surroundings; to identitify an original substance from which the universe was compounded; and to reconcile the presence of balance and proportion with the apparent disorder of the universe. Rosemary Wright examines the cosmological theories of the 'natural philosophers' from Thales, Anaximander and Anaximenes to Plato, the Stoics and the NeoPlatonists. The importance of Babylonian and Egyptian forerunners is emphasised. Cosmology in Antiquity is a comprehensive introduction to the cosmological thought of antiquity, the first such survey since Neugebauer's work of 1962.


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    Title
    Cosmology in Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) M. R. Wright
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 216
    Width: 138 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 12 mm
    Weight: 300 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780415121835
    ISBN 10: 0415121833
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16000
    BIC subject category V2: PGK
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 610
    BISAC V2.8: PHI013000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000, SCI015000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 113.093
    DC20: 523.1093
    LC classification: 94045131
    DC22: 113/.093
    LC classification: BD495 .W75 1995
    Thema V1.0: PDX, PGK
    Illustrations note
    15 line figures
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    ROUTLEDGE
    Publication date
    28 July 1995
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    "Wright's strength lies in her linquistic subtlety and her command of the changing vocabulary as the Greek thinkers come to terms with such notions as origin, eternity and soul.."-"Nature Wright provides a very satisfying analysis of basic physical and astronomical concepts of antiquity.