The Dawn of Science - Padmanabhan, Thanu; Padmanabhan, Vasanthi
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This lucid and captivating book takes the reader back to the early history of all the sciences, starting from antiquity and ending roughly at the time of Newton - covering the period which can legitimately be called the "dawn" of the sciences. Each of the 24 chapters focuses on a particular and significant development in the evolution of science, and is connected in a coherent way to the others to yield a smooth, continuous narrative. The at-a-glance diagrams showing the "When" and "Where" give a brief summary of what was happening at the time, thereby providing the broader context of the…mehr

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This lucid and captivating book takes the reader back to the early history of all the sciences, starting from antiquity and ending roughly at the time of Newton - covering the period which can legitimately be called the "dawn" of the sciences. Each of the 24 chapters focuses on a particular and significant development in the evolution of science, and is connected in a coherent way to the others to yield a smooth, continuous narrative. The at-a-glance diagrams showing the "When" and "Where" give a brief summary of what was happening at the time, thereby providing the broader context of the scientific events highlighted in that chapter. Embellished with colourful photographs and illustrations, and "boxed" highlights scattered throughout the text, this book is a must-read for everyone interested in the history of science, and how it shaped our world today.
  • Produktdetails
  • Verlag: Springer, Berlin; Springer International Publishing
  • Artikelnr. des Verlages: 978-3-030-17508-5
  • 1st ed. 2019
  • Erscheinungstermin: 24. Mai 2019
  • Englisch
  • Abmessung: 241mm x 159mm x 25mm
  • Gewicht: 598g
  • ISBN-13: 9783030175085
  • ISBN-10: 3030175081
  • Artikelnr.: 55410532
Autorenporträt
Prof. Thanu Padmanabhan, a gifted theoretical physicist and cosmologist, is currently a Distinguished Professor at IUCAA, Pune, India. An internationally acclaimed researcher and teacher, he has published nearly 300 technical papers and authored eleven books which have made significant impact. His research has won prizes seven times in recent years from the Gravity Research Foundation, USA including the First Award in 2008. He was the Chairman of the IUPAP Astrophysics Commission (2011-14), the President of the IAU Cosmology Commission (2009-12) and a Sackler Distinguished Astronomer of Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. He has received numerous national and international awards including the Padma Shri, the presidential medal of honor in India.

Dr. Vasanthi Padmanabhan obtained her Ph.D in astrophysics from TIFR, Mumbai working in the field of dark matter and structure formation in the universe, establishing constraints on decaying dark matter scenarios. An expert in scientific computing, writing and production, she has been actively involved with the end-to-end editing and formatting of the books authored by her spouse, Thanu Padmanabhan, over several decades, including the preparation of most of their technical and scientific figures. She is keenly interested in the history of science.
Inhaltsangabe
In the Beginning.- The Athenian Contribution.- From the Ishango Bone to Euclid.- Archimedes - the Giant among the Ancients.- The Healing Art and Its Science.- The Legacy from the Arab World.- The Indo-Arabic Numerals.- The Printing of a Page.- Exploring the 'Seven Seas'.- The First Steps of Modern Medicine.- Making the Earth Move.- The Logarithm - An Unsung Hero.- The Way of the Wanderers.- The Galileo and the Dynamical World.- Affairs of the Heart.- The Weight of the Intangible.- Geometry Without Figures.- Life's Infinite Vaiety: Finding Order in Species.- A Measure of the Heavens.- Calculus Developed in South India.- Story of the Calendar.- And Then All was Light - The Thirst for Power.- Chemistry Comes of Age.
Rezensionen
"This book will be enjoyed by any curious reader interested in science and its development. It might also be used as a textbook for introduction to, and teaching of, history of science to high school seniors or first year university students. ... It is well balanced, clearly written, lavishly illustrated, and lists judiciously selected major bibliographical reference on all topics in order to guide interested readers to pursue their own itinerary through the imaginary museum created here." (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, April 3, 2020)