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    DescriptionArun 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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    Title
    The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Arun Bala
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 376 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781403974686
    ISBN 10: 1403974683
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
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    BIC subject category V2: PDA
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 43
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET080
    Ingram Theme: CULT/INDIAN
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS017000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    BISAC V2.8: HIS008000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/CHINES
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET135
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MIDEST
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A50090000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS026000
    Abridged Dewey: 509
    B&T Approval Code: A50120000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
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    DC22: 509
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    B&T Approval Code: A50160000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS039000
    LC classification: Q125 .B2925 2006
    Thema V1.0: PDX, PDA, NHF, NHC, NHG
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Palgrave USA
    Imprint name
    Palgrave MacMillan
    Publication date
    10 August 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Gordonsville
    Author Information
    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).
    Review quote
    "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