To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science

To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science


A masterful remark at the historical past of technological know-how from the Greeks to trendy occasions, through Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg—a thought-provoking and significant ebook via essentially the most exclusive scientists and intellectuals of our time.

In this wealthy, irreverent, and compelling background, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg takes us throughout centuries from historic Miletus to medieval Baghdad and Oxford, from Plato’s Academy and the Museum of Alexandria to the cathedral institution of Chartres and the Royal Society of London. He exhibits that the scientists of historical and medieval occasions not just didn't comprehend what we comprehend concerning the world—they didn't comprehend what there's to appreciate, or the way to know it. but over the centuries, in the course of the fight to resolve such mysteries because the curious backward move of the planets and the increase and fall of the tides, the trendy self-discipline of technological know-how finally emerged. alongside the best way, Weinberg examines ancient clashes and collaborations among technological know-how and the competing spheres of faith, expertise, poetry, arithmetic, and philosophy.

An illuminating exploration of ways we think about and study the realm round us, To clarify the World is a sweeping, formidable account of ways tough it was once to find the ambitions and strategies of contemporary technological know-how, and the influence of this discovery on human wisdom and development.

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