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    DescriptionIn Science before Socrates, Daniel Graham argues against the prevalent belief that the Presocratic philosophers did not produce any empirical science and that the first major Greek science, astronomy, did not develop until at least the time of Plato. Instead, Graham proposes that the advances made by Presocratic philosophers in the study of astronomy deserve to be considered as scientific contributions. Whereas philosophers of the sixth century BC treated astronomical phenomena as ephemeral events continuous with weather processes, those of the fifth century treated heavenly bodies as independent stony masses whirled in a cosmic vortex. Two historic events help to date and account for the change: a solar eclipse in 478 BC and a meteoroid that fell to earth around 466. Both events influenced Anaxagoras, who transformed insights from Parmenides into explanations of lunar and solar eclipses, meteors, and rainbows. Virtually all philosophers came to accept Anaxagoras' theory of lunar light and eclipses. Aristotle endorsed Anaxagoras' theory of eclipses as a paradigm of scientific explanation. Anaxagoras' theories launched a geometrical approach to astronomy and were accepted as foundational principles by all mathematical astronomers from Aristarchus to Ptolemy to Copernicus and Galileo-and to the present day.

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    Science Before Socrates
    Parmenides, Anaxagoras, and the New Astronomy
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    By (author) Daniel Graham
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199959785
    ISBN 10: 0199959781

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    Publication date
    11 October 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Daniel W. Graham is Professor of Philosophy at Brigham Young University. He has written, translated, or edited seven volumes on ancient philosophy and has published numerous scholarly articles on Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, and the Presocratic philosophers. He does research in history of philosophy and history of science. He is president of the International Association for Presoratic Studies and a member of the editorial board of Apeiron.
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    Graham has produced a fascinating and enjoyable challenge to the standard narrative of scientific progress. The passion of his commitment to rehabilitating Parmenides and Anaxagoras as successful scientists is clear throughout. Jenny Bryan, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
    Table of contents
    CONTENTS ; Introduction: Cosmic Conjunctions ; 1 Looking for Science ; 1.1 Unfounded speculation ; 1.2 Footnotes to Thales ; 1.3 Footnotes to Pythagoras ; 1.4 Science without knowledge ; 1.5 History of science without history ; 1.6 History of science without science ; 1.7 Old-time history of science ; Notes ; 2 Azure Pastures: An Early Ionian Model ; 2.1 Hesiod's mythical cosmography ; 2.2 Ionian theories ; 2.3 The Meteorological Model ; Notes ; 3 Borrowed Light: The Insights of Parmenides ; 3.1 Fifth-century advances ; 3.2 Three insights: Heliophotism, planetary unification, sphericity ; 3.3 The power of a model ; 3.4 Conjectures ; 3.5 Conceptual advances ; Notes ; 4 Empire of the Sun: Implications of Heliophotism, and a New Model ; 4.1 Antiphraxis and other theoretical implications ; 4.2 A new physics ; 4.3 Anaxagoras' new cosmology and astronomy ; 4.4 The Lithic Model ; Notes ; 5 Darkened Suns and Falling Stars: Heaven-sent Proofs ; 5.1 Lives of the eminent philosophers ; 5.2 Eclipses ; 5.3 The meteor ; 5.4 The comet ; 5.5 The Nile floods ; Notes ; 6 Lunar Revolutions: The Triumph of the New Astronomy ; 6.1 A community effort ; 6.2 Anaxagoras' theory ; 6.3 Other theories of the fifth century ; 6.4 Characteristics of the Lithic Model ; 6.5 The doxography ; 6.6 Plato's heavenly sphere ; 6.7 Aristotle's paradigm ; 6.8 A scientific consensus ; Notes ; 7 The Geometry of the Heavens ; 7.1 The story of early Greek astronomy ; 7.2 Scientific Progress ; 7.3 Historical and Philosophical Significance ; Notes ; Appendix 1: Anaxagoras in the Historiography of Science ; Notes ; Appendix 2: Science and History ; Notes ; Bibliography