: Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya (Audible Audio Edition): Dick Teresi, Peter Johnson . Lost Discoveries has ratings and 33 reviews. conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins. Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi’s innovative history of science, explores the unheralded scientific breakthroughs from peoples of the ancient world.
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I just couldn’t get into this book, but I don’t think it’s Teresi’s fault. Paperbackpages. There are also some odd and disappointing inconsistencies. That is, if he even bothers to offer any kind of citation at all!
Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science–from the Babylonians to the Maya
Machines as a Measure of Man. Scientific inquiry was never an exclusively western-european endeavor, though many of the quick historical surveys written make it seem that way.
In the eleventh century, Avicenna of Persia divined that outward qualities of metals were of little value in classification, and he stressed internal structure, a notion anticipating Mendeleyev’s periodic chart of elements. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi’s innovative history of science, explores the unheralded scientific breakthroughs from peoples of the ancient world — Babylonians, Egyptians, Indians, Africans, New World and Oceanic tribes, among others — and the non-European medieval world.
Yes, there were peaks in the progress of science, but today science is the only universal culture, the same in the West, East, North, and South.
Boldly challenging conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins of contemporary science back to their ancient roots in an eye-opening account and landmark work. All in all, I found it fascinating and thought provoking. Hoffman Limited eiscoveries – Although it was very interesting to read about non-European science and history the book was a bit boring to get trhough.
Dick Teresi Limited preview – That said, Teresi really lost me on some of the cosmology and deep physics discussions.
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Simon and SchusterMay 11, – Science – pages. Islamic scholars are legendary for translating scientific texts of many languages into Arabic, a tradition that began with alchemical books.
Jul 19, Jrobertus rated it it was ok. I did stick with it, and the later chapters were more enjoyable. I did learn a great deal from this book and I was glad for having read it. Our numerals, 0 through 9, were invented teeesi ancient India; the Indians also boasted geometry, trigonometry, and a kind of calculus. The whole point of this book is to construct an argument about the history of science tefesi it’s not a steady march onwards directly from the Greeks who are the inventors of science on this model to the contemporary world in which Western science reigns supre Pretty awful scholarship!
Stories of Earth Itself. Mar 25, David rated it it was ok. Lost Discoveries Trade Paperback Price may vary by retailer. I like to “read up”. This has been my “read before sleeping” book for the last 6 weeks. For much of history non-western cultures have been ahead of the west scientifically but the book doesn’t say that all western acheivements were stolen.
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For each different field of science, the author It existed thousands Okay I admit I couldn’t make it all the way through. I was excited to read this for the topic but was pretty disappointed. I’m almost afraid of what unsupported conclusion he would have come to — though mercifully, his musings do not seem to point to the alien visitors so many who have studied ancient technology resort to.
This is an excellent survey of the early history of various sciences, from Mathematics and Astronomy to Physics and Chemistry, that was discovered or developed by ancient civilizations that existed outside of our known Western worlds. For example, Gutenberg wasn’t the first guy to come up with the printing press.
Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! Boldly challenging conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins of contemporary science back to their ancient roots in an eye-opening account and landmark work.
Here’s a link to my more complete review. The ancient Egyptians developed the concept of the lowest common denominator, and they developed a fraction table that modern scholars estimate required 28, calculations to compile.