: 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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Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science–from the Babylonians to the Maya
Teresi may be knowledgeable and a good researcher but I fear that he is not a good writer. Jan 17, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: Books by Dick Teresi. This book challenges the notion that the scientific method sprang fully-formed from Greek western civilization from a man who started with exactly that premise before starting his research.
Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only. It’s a very hard read, but a lot of it is worth it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. While the content within the book is truly interesting the author presents it in a less than interesting way making the reading at points a bit dry and difficult to grind through. Leon Lederman Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and coauthor of The God Particle Wow, Teresi’s Lost Discoveries is a romp through the history of mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, physics, geology, chemistry, and technology.
Examples of the discoveries of basic principles by early peoples that later turn up as part of the Western canon are provided by this author in great detail. Jan 15, Jeff rated it it was ok Shelves: I registered a book at BookCrossing. Much of our lack of knowledge of early discoveries by alternate civilizations is due to our Western pride in coming in first.
Refresh and try again. Few references, and frequently prefers to cite private email correspondence, newspaper articles and magazines than decent primary or secondary sources. They left an enormous heritage 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.
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I will attempt to finish it on a cold winter night when I can’t sleep. To understand that our cumulative knowledge and wherewithal comes from such a diverse cultural base that goes back so llst in time has a profound impact and makes this book well worth a read.
So this book is about the misconception that science etresi 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.
If the book would have focused on this, and analyzed why the originators lacked diacoveries find the potential in many of these technologies, he would have had an excellent book with a strong thread and a cogent point.
Mar 25, David rated it it was ok. The ancient Greeks gave copious credit to the earlier Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations for their thoughts in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and other fields.
I feel that the version were Europeans invented science is still prevalent, and that lots of people will never see it another way. This innovative history proves once and for all that the roots of modern science were established centuries, and in some instances millennia, before the births of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton.
Hall Limited preview – I felt the connections drawn between quantum mechanics and religious philosophies was a stretch given too much attention.
Jul 21, Amy rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Instead, he reaches out for ANY potential breakthrough, and moves from solid, provable facts to generous interpretation of ancient philosophies to claim that ancient civilizations had rudimentary understandings of fields such as atomic structure, the age of the universe, and even quantum theory.
Simon and SchusterMay 11, – Science – pages. This achieves nothing – out of context these are just little factoids, useful only as a prelude to a chat down the pub. Excellent book, packed with remarkable information. Does this sound familiar to today’s happenings? 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.
I have been disturbed to discover that as much as I have liked this book, there are some factual errors in it, which leads me to wonder how many other errors I have missed. For instance, the critical early sections on mathematics are based almost entirely on letters and emails from two colleagues — Kaplan and Joseph.
Iron suspension bridges came from Kashmir, printing from India; papermaking was from China, Tibet, India, and Baghdad; movable type was invented by Pi Sheng in about ; the Quechuan Indians of Peru were the first to vulcanize rubber; Andean farmers were the first to freeze-dry potatoes.
This innovative history proves once and for all that the roots of modern science were established centuries, and in some instances millennia, before the 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.
I just couldn’t get into this book, but I don’t think it’s Teresi’s fault. To ask other readers questions about Lost Discoveriesplease sign up. The author waffles between some form of bizarre Euro-guilt and outright distaste for actual science. Want to Read saving….
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May 23, Susan Slack rated it liked it. Account Options Sign in. References to this book Merchants of Immortality: Dava Sobel Author of Galileo’s Daughter and Longitude If you think, as I did, that science flowered in ancient Greece — the way Athena sprang fully formed from the brow of Zeus — then read Dick Teresi’s Lost Discoveries and revel in the global expression of early genius, from Sumerian mathematics and ancient Indian particle physics to the sky maps of the Skidi Pawnee and the rubber ‘factories’ of the Aztecs.
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