Science in the Ancient World: An Encyclopedia

Science in the Ancient World: An Encyclopedia

Hardback ABC-CLIO's History of Science

By (author) Russell M. Lawson

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  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 291 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 257mm x 23mm | 680g
  • Publication date: 17 December 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 1851095349
  • ISBN 13: 9781851095346
  • Illustrations note: 50
  • Sales rank: 1,281,552

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Many are familiar with such wonders as steam power and the discovery that the planets revolve around the Sun. The fact that such phenomena were known to the ancient Greeks more than 2,000 years ago is less well known. Now, "Science in the Ancient World" fills this gap by covering all the major scientific developments during 4,000 years of ancient history. Over 200 A-Z entries explore the origins of science, from astronomy and mathematics to medicine and chemistry. Giants like Aristotle and Plato are examined, together with more obscure figures like Nearchus, explorer of the Indian Ocean, and Hero, discoverer of steam power. Emphasis is placed on the diversity of ancient science, from the achievements of the Mesopotamians to the science of the Romans. The philosophies behind ancient science are explored, from the Epicurean pursuit of happiness to the asceticism of the Stoics. This comprehensive survey brings to the modern reader a long lost age of scientific discovery.

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Author information

Russell M. Lawson, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history and chair of the Division of General Studies at Bacone College, Muskogee, OK.

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"With its accessible A-Z format, "Science in the Ancient World" is recommended for high school, college, and public libraries." - Booklist