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From the revolutionary discoveries of Galileo and Newton to the mind-bending theories of Einstein and Heisenberg, from plate tectonics to particle physics, from the origin of life to universal entropy, and from biology to cosmology, here is a sweeping, readable, and dynamic account of the whole of Western science.

In the approachable manner and method of Stephen Jay Gould and Carl Sagan, the late Brian L. Silver translates our most important, and often most obscure, scientific developments into a vernacular that is not only accessible and illuminating but also enjoyable. Silver makes his comprehensive case with much clarity and insight; his book aptly locates science as the apex of human reason, and reason as our best path to the truth. For all readers curious about--or else perhaps intimidated by--what Silver calls "the scientific campaign up to now" in his Preface, The Ascent of Science will be fresh, vivid, and fascinating reading.

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The author provides a sweeping overview of the whole of Western science, from the Renaissance to the present. In it, he translates the most important, and often impenetrably obscure, scientific developments into a vernacular that aims to be accessible and illuminating.

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From the revolutionary discoveries of Galileo and Newton to the mind-bending theories of Einstein and Heisenberg, from plate tectonics to particle physics, from the origin of life to universal entropy, and from biology to cosmology, here is a sweeping, readable, and dynamic account of the whole of Western science. In the readable manner and method of Stephen Jay Gould and Carl Sagan, the late Brian L. Silver translates our most important, and often most obscure, scientific developments into a vernacular that is not only accessible and illuminating but also enjoyable. Silver makes his comprehensive case with much clarity and insight; he locates science as the apex of human reason, and reason as our best path to the truth. For all readers curious about--and especially those perhaps intimidated by--what Silver calls "the scientific campaign up to now" in his Preface, The Ascent of Science will be fresh, vivid, and fascinating reading.

About the Author

Brian L. Silver was Professor of Physical Chemistry at the Techion, or Institute of Technology, in Israel. He died in 1997, just prior to the publication of this book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

Introduction

1. Newton Gets It Completely Wrong

2. I Believe

3. Thomas Aquinas versus Neil Armstrong

4. The Second Law

5. Predicting Catastrophe

6. From Newton to De Sade: The partial Triumph of Reason

7. From Rousseau to Blake: The Revolt against Reason

8. Lodestone, Amber, and Lightning

9. Belief and Action

10. The Demise of Alchemy

11. The Nineteenth Century

12. The Material Trinity: The Atom

13. The Stuff of Existence

14. Scipio's Dream

15. Making Waves

16. The Ubiquity of Motion

17. Energy

18. Entropy: Intimations of Mortality

19. Chaos

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

28. The Inexplicable Quantum

29. New Ways of Thinking

30. The Land of Paradox

31. The Elementary Particles

32. Relativity

33. Cosmology

34. The Cosmos and Peeping Tom

35. The Impossibility of Creation

36. The Tree of Death

37. "What the Devil Does It All Mean?"

38. The Future

Annotated Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195134278
Author:
Silver, Brian L.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Brian L.
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Science
Subject:
History
Subject:
Life sciences
Subject:
History, Other | History of Science
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
Includes bibliography and index.
Series Volume:
v. 5
Publication Date:
20000431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
88 line illus
Pages:
552
Dimensions:
6.7 x 9.7 x 1.5 in 2.938 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The author provides a sweeping overview of the whole of Western science, from the Renaissance to the present. In it, he translates the most important, and often impenetrably obscure, scientific developments into a vernacular that aims to be accessible and illuminating.
"Synopsis" by , From the revolutionary discoveries of Galileo and Newton to the mind-bending theories of Einstein and Heisenberg, from plate tectonics to particle physics, from the origin of life to universal entropy, and from biology to cosmology, here is a sweeping, readable, and dynamic account of the whole of Western science. In the readable manner and method of Stephen Jay Gould and Carl Sagan, the late Brian L. Silver translates our most important, and often most obscure, scientific developments into a vernacular that is not only accessible and illuminating but also enjoyable. Silver makes his comprehensive case with much clarity and insight; he locates science as the apex of human reason, and reason as our best path to the truth. For all readers curious about--and especially those perhaps intimidated by--what Silver calls "the scientific campaign up to now" in his Preface, The Ascent of Science will be fresh, vivid, and fascinating reading.
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