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    DescriptionCarlo Rovelli, a leading theoretical physicist, uses the figure of Anaximander as the starting point for an examination of scientific thinking itself: its limits, its strengths, its benefits to humankind, and its controversial relationship with religion. Anaximander, the sixth-century BC Greek philosopher, is often called the first scientist because he was the first to explain that order in the world was due to natural forces, not supernatural ones. He is the first person known to rnunderstand that the Earth floats in space; to believe that the sun, the moon, and the stars rotate around it--seven centuries before Ptolemy; to argue that all animals came from the sea and evolved; and to posit that universal laws rncontrol all change in the world. Anaximander taught Pythagoras, who would build on Anaximander's scientific theories by applying mathematical laws to natural phenomena. rnrnIn the award-winning Anaximander and the Birth of Scientific Thought, Rovelli restores Anaximander to his place in the history of science by carefully reconstructing his theories from what is known to us and examining them in rntheir historical and philosophical contexts. Rovelli demonstrates that Anaximander's discoveries and theories were decisive influences, putting Western culture on its path toward a scientific revolution. Developing this connection, rnRovelli redefines science as a continuous redrawing of our conceptual image of the world. He concludes that scientific thinking--the legacy of Anaximander--is only reliable when it constantly tests the limits of our current rnknowledge.


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    Title
    The First Scientist
    Subtitle
    Anaximander and His Legacy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Carlo Rovelli
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 21 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781594161315
    ISBN 10: 1594161313
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T8.0
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    BIC subject category V2: PDX, HBLA
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    BISAC V2.8: SCI075000
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Ingram Theme: CULT/GREECE
    DC22: 509.2
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    LC subject heading: , , ,
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000, HIS002010
    Abridged Dewey: 182
    LC subject heading: ,
    LC classification: B208.Z7 R68 2011
    DC23: 509.2
    Thema V1.0: PDX, NHC
    Illustrations note
    20 b/w illus., maps
    Publisher
    Westholme Publishing, U.S.
    Imprint name
    Westholme Publishing, U.S.
    Publication date
    10 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Yardley