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Early Physics and Astronomy
A Historical Introduction

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  • Date Published: March 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521408998

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  • The book is an introductory exposition of the development of the physical and astronomical notions of the universe. It covers the period from Greek antiquity to the Copernican revolution and the Renaissance, half of the text being devoted to medieval science within both the Aristotelian and the Archimedean traditions. The book is intended for a general audience interested in intellectual and scientific developments, but should also be useful as a guide to further studies. Thus it has an extensive bibliography classifying much of the secondary literature on the subject, and also a sixty page 'dictionary' of all the scientists and philosophers mentioned in the text. This contains references to printed editions of the sources and to a selection of books and periodicals.

    • A widely used textbook on history of science courses
    • A concise exposition of the development of scientific ideas of the universe
    • Unique; no other title covers this period
    • Contains many references
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    'This is an exceptional book, written with a clarity of style which not only reveals the broad ebb and flow of scientific ideas throughout the ages, but also illuminates them by closely focussed images of specific individuals and the inspired ideas which brought about the emerging understanding of the physical world. Olaf Pedersen has presented us with an epitome of classical and scientific scholarship, and for that we should be grateful indeed.' Webb Society Quarterly Journal

    ' ... recommend to anyone interested in the history of science...' Journal of the British Astronomical Society

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    • Date Published: March 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521408998
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 110 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Science before the Greeks
    2. The new concept of nature
    3. Plato and Greek mathematics
    4. Aristotle and the knowledge of Nature
    5. Practical astronomy
    6. Early Greek cosmology
    7. Mathematical astronomy
    8. The foundation of statics
    9. Dynamics in antiquity
    10. The conception of light and sound
    11. The structure of material substances
    12. Properties of matter and chemical change
    13. The transmission of Greek science
    14. Experimental physics in the Middle Ages
    15. The development of statics
    16. The establishment of kinematics
    17. Force and motion in the Middle Ages
    18. Mediaeval astronomy
    19. The change called Renaissance
    20. The reform of astronomy
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Olaf Pedersen, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark

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