Anaximander (E–pub Lire) ☆ Carlo Rovelli


Milesians through Aristotle These men thought and wrote in an era without microscopes without telescopes without a fundamental grasp of scientific concepts and without even a functional number system How could they have pondered such rational thoughts and proposed such prescient answers Carlo Rovelli discusses the impact of the Milesians in general and Anaximander in particular upon what was to become post Renaissance modern science Rovelli sees Greek Philosophy as the bridge between primitive superstition and modern scientific thought He presents the reader with an engaging and eminently readable study of the birth of scientific thought when man first abandoned religious superstition in favor of a human reason unencumbered by his fear of gods or GodI have one small criticism of Rovelli s work At times it borders on a polemic against religion itself Not all religions are primitive or fundamentalistThere is room in the mind of man "and in the universe itself for both science "in the universe itself for both science God Carlo stick to science and philosophy You know them well and have much to offer the curious reader Leave God and religion to an individual s faith It s hard to make an assessment of this book On its face it seems to be a historical study of the place of Anaximander in the development of modern science And for the first half of the book it really is that But from there Rovelli takes off into a much loosely bound discussion of truth reality relativism religion language and the fate of the worldI ll start with Anaximander It of truth reality relativism religion language and the fate of the worldI ll start with Anaximander It a cliche that history is told by the winners But fate of the worldI ll start with Anaximander It a cliche that history is told by the winners But science is a winner then Rovelli is telling the winner s history of science His claim at the highest level is that Anaximander produced the first scientific revolution the beginnings of science itselfWhat Anaximander does is remarkable But I m not convinced by Rovelli that Ana. Science by carefully reconstructing his theories from what is known to us and examining them in their historical and philosophical contexts Rovelli demonstrates that Anaximanders discoveries and theories were decisive influences putting Western culture on its path toward a scientific revolution Developing this connection Rovelli redefines science as a continuous redrawing of our conceptual image of the world He concludes that scientific thinkingthe legacy of Anaximanderis only reliable when it constantly tests the limits of our current knowledg. Nd Science There were also some very interesting History in all the other sections I feel the Philosophy of Science is difficult to discuss the treatment here was repetitive I do not think I have ever seen a good discussion of Religion It might be best not even make the attempt What is of the leading theorists of loop uantum gravity in the classical world Well on the basis an education I him he s showing us that the Platonic theory of science we virtually assume to be the dominant theory of the classical age has to share space in our understanding with what ou might call a theory of scientific practice embodied in Anaximander His story of the Anaximander strand in the classical world is beautifully told I m not euipped to evaluate it authoritatively But the pay off is that the table is set for a re evaluation of the scientific practice of the current scene in novel terms Alimento suisito for those with open minds about matters cosmological The education of modern scientists skips lightly if at all over the ancient classics much to our loss In this profound book on the history and philosophy of science Rovelli bridges the brief 2600 ear gap between modern theoretical physics and pre Socratic philosophers from the sixth century BCE For a generation raised on Thomas Kuhn s Structure of Scientific Revolutions Rovelli provides a much different take For example by comparing the writings of Ptolomy and Copernicus Rovelli shows that scientific progress is much about evolution than revolution Rather than a series of paradigm shifts based on newly discovered data scientific progress is about taking radically new perspectives on the same phenomena This is a very enjoyable and thought provoking book Anyone who has read The Dream of Reason by Anthony Gottlieb stands in awe of the ancient Greek philosophers from the. The Earth floats in space; to believe that the sun the moon and the stars rotate around itseven centuries before Ptolemy; to argue that all animals came from the sea and evolved; and to posit that universal laws control all change in the world Anaximander taught Pythagoras who would build on Anaximanders scientific theories by applying mathematical laws to natural phenomena In the award winning The First Scientist Anaximander and His Legacy translated here for the first time in English Rovelli restores Anaximander to his place in the history of. ,


A fascinating and very readable book Very timely as we are and inundated with weird theories and facts Fascinating history of early scientific thinking Carlo s style of writing is informal flowing through some uite complex ideas A real "pleasure to read My only dislike was that towards the end Of The Book He Becomes the book he becomes "to read My only dislike was that towards the end of the book he becomes repetitive his rant against religious indoctrination Bought for my husband and he is very pleased Got a physics degree in 1976 and finds the level that Carlo Rovelli writes at is works well for him First comprehensive description of a man who opened the door to the beginning of progressive thinking This has got to be one of the most interesting books I have read What Aximander understood about the way the world works seems to be 2000 ears ahead of his time Book is well writtena and very accessible IMO very important book as Aximander seems almost forgotten in modern world unlike some of the other great Greek thinkers who by comparison are household names I am a huge Carlo Rovelli fan This book was a very interesting read because provided a history on how ancient thought brought us to where we are today I think that most of us are aware of the fact that the Greeks had conceived of the Atom but I for one was not aware of the philosophical thought that was put into this concept It was very a very enjoyable and enlightening read It is amazing to learn of the thought processes of the ancients who laid the groundwork for current science and technology Rovelli who never disappoints crafts a beautiful tale of Anaximander and the important role that he played in uestioning our natural world Carlo "Rovelli is an amazing writer I would uite frankly read the back of a cereal box if he "is an amazing writer I would uite frankly read the back of a cereal box if he it History 5 star first halfPhilosophy 3 star second halfReligion 1 star last chapterFascinating story of early Greek History THIS BOOK WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER SEPTEMBER 10 2021Carlo Rovelli a leading theoretical physicist uses the figure of Anaximander as the starting point for an examination of scientific thinking itself its limits its strengths its benefits to humankind and its controversial relationship with religion Anaximander the sixth century BC Greek philosopher is often called the first scientist because he was the first to suggest that order in the world was due to natural forces not supernatural ones He is the first person known to understand that. Anaximander