The Ascent of Science

The Ascent of Science

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In this volume, the author offers a sweeping and dynamic history of the whole of Western science, from the Renaissance to the present. He translates the most profoundly important, and often impenetrably obscure, scientific developments into a vernacular intended to be accessible and illuminating.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 552 pages
  • 198.12 x 264.16 x 45.72mm | 1,065.94g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 61 line drawings, bibliography
  • 0195116992
  • 9780195116991

Table of contents

Preface. Introduction. Part 1. 1: Newton Gets It Completely Wrong. 2: I Believe. Part 2. 3: Thomas Aquinas Vs. Neil Armstrong. 4: The Second Law. 5: Predicting Catstrophe. 6: From Newton to de Sade - The Partial Triumph of Reason. 7: From Rousseau to Blake - The Revolt Against Reason. Part 3. 8: Lodestone, Amber, and Lightning. 9: Belief and Action. Part 4. 10: The Demise of Alchemy. 11: The Nineteenth Century. 12: The Material Trinity - The Atom. 13: The Stuff of Existence. 14: Scipio's Dream. Part 5. 15: Making Waves. 16: The Ubiquity of Motion. 17: Energy. 18: Entropy - Intimations of Immortality. 19: Chaos. Part 6. 20: The Slow Birth of Biology. 21: In A Monastery Garden. 22: Evolution. 23: The Descent of Man. 24: The Gene Machine. 25: The Lords of Nature?. 26: Life - The Molecular Battle. 27: The Origin of Life? Take your Choice. Part 7. 28: The Inexplicable Quantum. 29: New Ways of Thinking. 30: The Land of Pradox. 31: The Elementary Particles. Part 8. 32: Relativity. 33: Cosmology. 34: The Cosmos and Peeping Tom. 35: The Impossibility of Creation. Part 9. 36: The Tree of Death. 37: "What the Devil Does it All Mean?". Part 10. 38: The Future
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About Brian L. Silver

About the Author Brian Silver is Professor of Physical Chemistry, Israel Institute of Technology
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