: Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya (Audible Audio Edition): Dick Teresi, Peter Johnson . Lost Discoveries has ratings and 33 reviews. conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins. Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi’s innovative history of science, explores the unheralded scientific breakthroughs from peoples of the ancient world.
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The ancient Greeks gave copious credit to the earlier Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations for their thoughts in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and other fields. As Americans, we think history goes back only so far as the scientific accomplishments of Western Europe. The Chinese observed, reported, dated, recorded, and interpreted eclipses between and b. While the historical notes are interesting, they are typically used to support tangential claims of denigrated contributions from other societies while sometimes true, often his own research points out that the world-wide discovery of previous scientific findings occurred after western reinvention – it is unclear what the author wants – a renaming of theo This title was thoroughly disappointing.
Dick Teresi Limited preview – Boldly challenging conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins of contemporary science back to their ancient roots in an eye-opening account and landmark work. Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi’s innovative history of science, explores the unheralded scientific breakthroughs from peoples of the ancient world — Babylonians, Egyptians, Indians, Africans, New World and Oceanic tribes, among others — and the non-European medieval world.
Books by Dick Teresi. So far so good. This is an excellent survey of the early history of various sciences, from Mathematics and Astronomy to Physics and Chemistry, that was discovered or developed by ancient civilizations that existed outside of our known Western worlds.
However having an idea, or a myth expressing an idea, that is later proven through mathematics or what we now call the scientific method of replication and proofs, is not the same as understanding how things actually work, or being able to explain them. I love the idea of this book. Account Options Sign in. It is not a Romantic anti-eurocentric tract. This book looks at all the different fields of science.
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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Hoffman Limited preview – Teresi may lostt knowledgeable and a good re It was difficult to decide how to rate this book, because while on the one hand I did thoroughly enjoy reading the book as I found the subject matter to be truly fascinating, on the other hand I found that the way in which the content was presented left something to be desired.
Price may vary by retailer. This is an interesting book on how modern science and mathematics, long believed to have come purely from Greek roots, in fact arose from a much broader base of ancient cultures, including Babylonia, India, China and the Arab world as etresi as Greece.
In the East, they’d been printing books, albeit differently, almost a thousand years before Gutenberg. The Medieval Europeans knew that much of their sciences were coming from the Islamic world, not just left over from Greece and Rome.
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In this enlightening, entertaining, and important book, Teresi describes many discoveries from all over the non-Western world — Sumeria, Babylon, Egypt, India, China, Africa, Arab nations, the Americas, and the Pacific islands — that equaled and often surpassed Greek and European learning discovveries the fields of mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, physics, geology, chemistry, and technology.
For each different field of science, the author Aug 19, Kate rated it really liked it. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
Sign up and get a free eBook! The first comprehensive, authoritative, popularly written, multicultural history of science, Lost Discoveries fills a crucial gap in the history of science.
But I am quite disappointed in the author’s scholarship. Sep 15, Julien Rapp rated it liked it Shelves: So this book is about the misconception that science was invented by the Ancient Greeks then reinvented during the Renaissance while all other culture invented the fire and then called it quits, waiting for Europeans to invent everything.
It has a balanced view of non-western science. It’s an interesting read, especielly since I feel that during the more than ten years that has passed since it being published, I don’t think much has changed: Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!
The Babylonians developed the first written math and used a place-value number system. It didn’t help that he started out with a chapter heavy on math. I was excited to read this for the topic but was pretty disappointed. Chinese alchemists realized that most physical substances were merely combinations of other substances, which could be mixed in different proportions. The first extensive and authoritative multicultural history of science written for a popular audience, Lost Discoveries fills a critical void in our scientific, cultural, and intellectual history and is destined to become a classic in its field.
There is much to be learned here. Plucking a minute data point out of a philosophy because it happens to share a similarity with current science i. I feel that the version were Europeans invented science is still prevalent, and that lots of people wi So this book is about the misconception that science was invented by the Ancient Greeks then reinvented during the Renaissance while all other culture invented the fire and then called it quits, waiting for Europeans to invent everything.
Hope that was a typo. There are also some odd and disappointing inconsistencies. Nonetheless, I do admire Mr. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I feel that the version were Europeans invented science is still prevalent, and that lots of people will never see it another way.
No trivia or quizzes yet. To ask other readers questions about Lost Discoveriesplease sign up. The whole point of this book is to construct an argument about the history of science – it’s not a steady march onwards directly from the Greeks who are the inventors of science on this model to the contemporary world in which Western science reigns supreme again, on this model with little or no thanks to other, non-Western cultures.
I will attempt to finish it on a cold winter night when I can’t sleep. Rather than constructing an alternative narrative, or highlighting how this one breaks down, he instead seems to think it adequate to throw about an almost random collection of discoveries from China, India, Mespotamia and South America.
I don’t think I’m smart enough to understand a lot of the things he discusses.