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Science and Technology in World History, Vol. 1: The Ancient World and Classical Civilization [Paperback]

by David Deming
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April 20, 2010 0786439327 978-0786439324
Science is a living, organic activity, the meaning and understanding of which have evolved incrementally over human history. This book, the first in a roughly chronological series, explores the development of the methodology and major ideas of science, in historical context, from ancient times to the decline of classical civilizations around 300 A.D. It includes details specific to the histories of specialized sciences including astronomy, medicine and physics--along with Roman engineering and Greek philosophy. It closely describes the contributions of such individuals as Pythagoras, Hippocrates, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Euclid, Archimedes, Ptolemy, Seneca, Pliny the Elder, and Galen.

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An associate professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma, David Deming is the author of more than 40 research papers on geology, geophysics, energy resources, and the history of science.

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  • Series: Science and Technology in World History (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (April 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786439327
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786439324
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,208,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Deming is professor of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He graduated from Indiana University in 1983 with a BS degree in geology, and received a Ph.D in geophysics from the University of Utah in 1988. Prior to his arrival at the University of Oklahoma in 1992, Deming held a National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the US Geological Survey in California. From 1992 through 2005, Dr. Deming was an assistant and associate professor in the School of Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oklahoma, and served on the OU Faculty Senate from 1998 through 2001. Deming is the author of more than forty peer-reviewed research papers, a textbook on hydrogeology, and the series "Science and Technology in World History." He is an associate editor for the academic journals Petroleum Geoscience and Ground Water. In 2006, Dr. Deming testified before the US Senate on global warming, and is frequently interviewed by the media on issues related to energy and climate.

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5.0 out of 5 stars well-written and well-researched history August 2, 2010
No, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to read this fascinating history of science. Too often most people think science just - well - happened. It didn't, of course, and Deming goes to great pains to shows its history from its inception by the Greeks. No, not the Egyptians. If you want a full explanation, get this fascinating book. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book May 22, 2013
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I checked the bound edition of this out of the library and LOVED it. Loved it so much in fact, and wanted to make so many notes in it, that I had to buy my own copy. I was so glad when I saw that the Kindle was over 50% off the regular price. Now I can get all three in the series for the cost of little more than 1.5 of them.

Now, this is a college entry textbook, so know that going in, but if you're interested in the history of science, then treat yourself and get this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeping View April 3, 2013
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This first volume is surprising because it is more than a study of Science and Technology in history. It is a much more wide-ranging intellectual history of the world. His ability to distill complex philosophical ideas is excellent. He presents the complex philosophical systems of Plato and Aristotle with clarity. Aristotle especially is well-treated as a true man of science. Deming presents scientific methodological issues in context and well-connected to earlier and later thinkers. A superb history.
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