Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
The Ambitions of Curiosity

The Ambitions of Curiosity
Understanding the World in Ancient Greece and China

£21.99

Part of Ideas in Context

  • Date Published: October 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521894616

£ 21.99
Paperback

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:
Hardback


Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Description
Product filter button
Description
Contents
Resources
Courses
About the Authors
  • In The Ambitions of Curiosity, first published in 2002, one of the world's foremost philosophers of science explores the origins and growth of systematic inquiry in Greece, China, and Mesopotamia. Professor Lloyd examines which factors stimulated or inhibited this development, and whose interests were served. He asks who set the agenda? What was the role of the state in sponsoring, supporting or blocking research, in such areas as historiography, natural philosophy, medical research, astronomy, technology, pure and applied mathematics? How were each of those fields defined and developed in different ancient societies? How did truly innovative thinkers persuade their own contemporaries to accept their work? Professor Lloyd explores the different routes those developments took in China, Greece and Mesopotamia, and demonstrates the unexpected results of many research efforts, as well as the tensions between state control and individual innovation and the different ways they were resolved - problems that remain central to scientific research today.

    • Comparative analysis of inquiry in the ancient societies of China, Greece and Mesopotamia by one of the world's leading historians and philosophers of science
    • Wider in scope than conventional histories of science with chapters on historiography and the study of language
    • Features debates over state involvement in scientific research which are still relevant today
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    '… an important work … recommended for undergraduate use.' Scott Rubarth, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity

    ×

    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?

    ×

    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521894616
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.36kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Histories, annals, myths
    2. The modalities of prediction
    3. The number of things
    4. Applications and applicabilities
    5. The language of learning
    6. Individuals and institutions
    Glossary of Chinese and Greek terms
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    G. E. R. Lloyd, University of Cambridge
    G. E. R. Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the University of Cambridge; he was Master of Darwin College from 1989 to 2000.

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account

Cancel

Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email lecturers@cambridge.org

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner www.ebooks.com. Please see the permission section of the www.ebooks.com catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.

Cancel

Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

×
Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.
×