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A Student's Guide to Natural Science
 
 
Author
Stephen M. Barr.
Publisher ISI Books  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
ISBN 9781932236927
Pages/Publication Date 80/2012
Daedalus Item Code 31161
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Physicist Stephen Barr's lucid guide aims to give students a broad outline of the nature, history, and great ideas of natural science from ancient times to the present, with a primary focus on physics. Barr begins with the contributions of the ancient Greeks, in particular the two great ideas that reality can be understood by the systematic use of reason and that phenomena have natural explanations. He goes on to discuss, among other things, the medieval roots of the scientific revolution of the 17th century, the role played by religion in fostering the idea of a lawful natural order, and the major breakthroughs of modern physics, including how many newer "revolutionary" theories are in fact related to much older ones. Throughout, Barr draws his readers' attention to the larger themes and trends of scientific history, including the increasing unification and "mathematization" of our view of the physical world that has resulted in the laws of nature appearing more and more like a single harmonious mathematical edifice. This concise introduction to the physical sciences concludes with suggested readings and student resources.
 
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