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Publisher Description

In this rich, irreverent, and compelling history, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg takes us across centuries, from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad and Oxford, from Plato's Academy and the Museum of Alexandria to the cathedral school of Chartres and the Royal Society of London. He shows that the scientists of ancient and medieval times not only did not understand what we understand about the world-they did not understand what there is to understand or how to understand it. Yet over the centuries, through the struggle to solve such mysteries as the curious backward movement of the planets and the rise and fall of the tides, the modern discipline of science eventually emerged. Along the way, Weinberg examines historic clashes and collaborations between science and the competing spheres of religion, technology, poetry, mathematics, and philosophy.

An illuminating exploration of the way we consider and analyze the world around us, To Explain the World is a sweeping, ambitious account of how difficult it was to discover the goals and methods of modern science, and the impact that this discovery had on human knowledge and development.

GENRE
History
NARRATOR
TP
Tom Perkins
LENGTH
10:43
hr min
RELEASED
2015
February 10
PUBLISHER
Tantor Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
326.9
MB

Customer Reviews

Lodestone123 ,

His Nobel is for physics, not literature

Interesting subject and well researched, but written in such a dry, humorless manner as to be only digestable by fellow academics.

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