The Earth: From Myths to Knowledge

The Earth: From Myths to Knowledge

Hubert Krivine

How mankind stumbled on the scale, trajectory and age of the Earth

Our planet’s elliptical orbit round the solar and its billions-of-years life are proof we take without any consideration, concerns each literate highschool scholar is anticipated to know. yet humanity’s fight in the direction of those medical truths lasted millennia. Few folks have greater than the faintest proposal of the trail we now have travelled.

Hubert Krivine tells the tale of the thinkers and scientists whose paintings allowed our species to place an age to the planet and pinpoint our position within the sunlight process. it's a historical past of daring innovators, with a huge forged of members – not merely Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler, yet Halley, Kelvin, Darwin and Rutherford, between many others. braveness, iniquity, spiritual dogmatism, genius and blind success all performed a part.

This used to be an epic fight to loose the brain from the limitations of cant, ideology and superstition. From this historical past, Krivine delineates a useful philosophy of technology, one at the present time lower than danger from irrationalism and the fundamentalist hobbies of East and West, which threaten either what we've got attained at nice fee and what we nonetheless need to learn.

medical growth isn't a enough situation for social development; however it is an important one. The Earth isn't in basic terms a historical past of clinical studying, yet a stirring defence of Enlightenment values within the quest for human development.

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