The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science

The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science

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By (author) Arun Bala

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 234mm x 18mm | 376g
  • Publication date: 10 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Gordonsville
  • ISBN 10: 1403974683
  • ISBN 13: 9781403974686
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations

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Arun Bala challenges Eurocentric conceptions of history by showing how Chinese, Indian, Arabic, and ancient Egyptian ideas in philosophy, mathematics, cosmology and physics played an indispensable role in making possible the birth of modern science.

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Arun Bala taught philosophy for many years at the National University of Singapore and is currently visiting professor at the University of Toronto in Canada. He has worked extensively with various international institutions, including the Regional Institute for Higher Education Development of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore), the Dalhousie University School for Resource and Environmental Studies (Canada) and the Foundation for Advanced Studies in International Development (Japan).

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"Readers interested in multicultural scientific contributions before Galileo will enjoy this book immensely . . . Highly recommended." --"Choice" "What Bala and others are offering is a view of history very different from the one Westerners are taught . . . Love it or hate it, our world is neither the exclusive heritage of the West nor is it something the West has imposed on the rest of the world, as reactionary fundamentalists insist. Rather, it is the result of a dialogue of civilizations--the efforts of very different people, in different places, coming together to share their curiosity about the world and their common interest in understanding and improving it." --"The Toronto Star""" "Erudite . . . What Bala has conclusively demonstrated is that the Scientific Revolution could not have been accomplished in early modern Europe on the basis of ancient Greek ideas alone." --"Literary Review of Canada" "A provocative and worthwhile read."--"Bibliographie Critique" "Bala's book is a marvelous combination of high speculation and deep rigor. From astronomy to mathematics, no one, after the work of Needham and others, could doubt the significant contributions of non-Western cultures (Arab, Chinese, Egyptian, Indian) to the making of modern science. But the nature of those contributions has often been misunderstood, and even the most sympathetic multiculturalists frequently fail to grasp the main message of the ongoing dialogue. The great value of Bala's work consists in the careful attention to detail applied to some strikingly novel ideas. Modern science, its past and its prospects have come into sharper focus." --James Robert Brown, author of "Who Rules in Science: An Opinionated Guide to the Wars" "The major strength of this book is its convincing demonstration that modern science is neither the unique product of Europe nor a process of merely grafting insights from diverse cultures onto a body of growing knowledge . . . This book is a sustained and closely argued n