Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greece by George Sarton

By George Sarton

"There are few students or scientists this present day who write as fantastically or as apparently as [Sarton] . . . [his] booklet is magnificent." — Ashley Montagu, Saturday Review
Although technological know-how didn't commence in historical Greece (millennia of labor in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and different areas preceded Greek efforts) it's however actual that methodic, rational research of the typical universe originated mostly with early Hellenic thinkers. hence, the foremost a part of this publication is of necessity dedicated to Greece. Drawing anyplace attainable on unique resources, Dr. Sarton, one of many world's ideal historians of technology, paints a shiny and illuminating photograph of arithmetic, astronomy, physics, biology, medication, and different sciences as they emerged from the mists of prehistory and eventually flourished in the context of Greek society.
The ebook is split into 3 components. half One starts off with the earliest facts of prehistoric arithmetic, astronomy, and different technology. Dr. Sarton then describes the achievements of Egypt and Mesopotamia, the sunrise of Greek tradition and the striking flowering of Ionian technological know-how within the 6th century B.C. Thales of Miletos, Anaximandrox, and Xenophanes are one of the vital figures mentioned. a whole bankruptcy specializes in the influential doctrines of Pythagoras.
Part opens with the consideration of Athens within the 5th century B.C. and its fantastic achievements in poetry and the humanities, philosophy, and technology. defined in lucid aspect are groundbreaking contributions of Heracleitos, Anaxagoras, Protagoras, Zenon of Elea, Parmenides, Democritos, etc. additionally integrated during this part are perceptive discussions of geographers and historians of the 5th century (Herodotos, Thucydides, and others) and Greek drugs of the 5th century (chiefly Hippocratic).
Part 3 specializes in the extreme Greek thinkers of the fourth century B.C.: Plato and the Academy, Aristotle, Xenophon and so on, together with such vital faculties of proposal because the cynics, stoics, skeptics, and epicureans. significant consciousness is given to arithmetic, astronomy and physics, typical sciences and drugs, Aristotelian humanities, and historiography and different themes.
"Of nice price to the overall historian and an exhilarating, arresting tale for the lay reader. — The Yale Review

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