By William Dampier,Margaret Dampier
"Sir William Cecil Dampier's Readings within the Literature of Science has lengthy been a vintage. in contrast to many different collections, it has the advantage of dealing completely with 3 significant matters that are on the very middle of technological know-how: cosmogony, atomic thought and evolution. for every, the readings were chosen that allows you to provide a continuing tale, permitting the reader to proportion within the nice pleasure of the method of clinical discovery and the expansion of data from the earliest instances to the current. right here, within the unique writings of the boys who've made technological know-how, are displayed the noble traits of the disciplined mind's eye that are the executive defining features of the medical enterprise." — I. Bernard Cohen, Professor of the historical past of technological know-how, Harvard University
From the biblical publication of Genesis to Henri Bergson's Creative Evolution, those extracts from international literature illustrate the improvement of medical proposal throughout millennia. beginning with speculations by means of the traditional Greeks at the constitution of the universe, choices on cosmogony contain works via Copernicus, Galileo, Newton, Laplace, Foucault, and Einstein. Theories and reviews on experimental effects about the nature of subject diversity from Paracelsus' writings on alchemy to Faraday's paintings with electrochemistry and Sir Ernest Rutherford's experiences of radioactivity and the constitution of the atom. the ultimate part on evolutionary thought starts with Aristotle and Pliny and lines landmark works by way of the giants within the box, between them, Linnaeus, Lamarck, Lyell, Malthus, Darwin, and Mendel. 36 figures. 7 tables.
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Cosmology, Atomic Theory, Evolution: Classic Readings in the Literature of Science by William Dampier,Margaret Dampier