Asimov’s New Guide to Science by Isaac Asimov

By Isaac Asimov

Asimov tells the tales at the back of the technological know-how: the boys and ladies who made the $64000 discoveries and the way they did it. starting from Galilei, Achimedes, Newton and Einstein, he's taking the main complicated suggestions and explains it in this kind of means first-time reader at the topic feels convinced on his/her realizing.

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What intrigued the Greeks was the discovery of a proof that the relation must hold in all cases. And they pursued geometry as an elegant means of discovering and formulating such generalizations. Various Greek mathematicians contributed proofs of relationships existing among the lines and points of geometric figures. C. and is still called the Pythagorean theorem in his honor. , Euclid gathered the mathematical theorems known in his time and arranged them in a reasonable order, such that each theorem could be proved through the use of theorems proved previously.

So it was time for a new edition, the third. And what did we call it? The New New Intelligent Man’s Guide to Science? Obviously not. The third edition was named, straightforwardly, Asimov’s Guide to Science and was published in 1972. And still science refused to stop. Enough was learned of the solar system, thanks to our probes, to require an entire chapter. And now we have the new inflationary universe, new theories on the end of the dinosaurs, on quarks, gluons, as welI as unified field theories, magnetic monopoles, the energy crisis, home computers, robots, punctuated evolution, oncogenes, and on, and on, and on.

The Arabs, however, managed to preserve Aristotle and Ptolemy through the Middle Ages; and, from them, Greek natural philosophy eventually filtered hack to Western Europe. By 1200, Aristotle had been rediscovered. Further infusions came from the dying Byzantine empire, which was the last area in Europe to maintain a continuous cultural tradition from the great days of Greece. The first and most natural consequence of the rediscovery of Aristotle was the application of his system of logic and reason to theology, About 1250, the Italian theologian Thomas Aquinas established the system called “Thomism,” based on Aristotelian principles, which still represents the basic theology of the Roman Catholic Church.

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