Greek Science of the Hellenistic Era: A Sourcebook

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Psychology Press, 2002 - History - 392 pages
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We all want to understand the world around us, and the ancient Greeks were the first to try and do so in a way we can properly call scientific. Their thought and writings laid the essential foundations for the revivals of science in medieval Baghdad and renaissance Europe. Now their work is accessible to all, with this invaluable introduction to c.100 scientific authors active from 320 BCE to 230 CE.
The book begins with an outline of a new socio-political model for the development and decline of Greek science, followed by eleven chapters that cover the main disciplines:
* the science which the Greeks saw as fundamental - mathematics
* astronomy
* astrology and geography
* mechanics
* optics and pneumatics
* the non-mathematical sciences of alchemy, biology, medicine and 'psychology'.
Each chapter contains an accessible introduction on the origins and development of the topic in question, and all the authors are set in context with brief biographies.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Mathematics
18
Astronomy
47
Astrology
82
upliftings
95
31 March 81
103
how astrology works 2 2 national
109
Geography
113
pitch of sounds
178
Optics
180
Hydrostatics and Pneumatics
204
microvoids
212
Alchemy
226
kadmeia 5 76 12 burnt copper
242
Botany and Zoology
255
Medicine
290

seas
119
fisheaters
124
navigation by the stars Book? the route
140
Mechanics
150
atomic theory
154
principles spring catapult repeating catapult
161
weights 2 1 1 simple machines 2 3 the pulley
171
inflamed wounds Book 1 heart as pump
301
corpuscles 2 fevers 3 assimilation of food 4 bladder
307
Psychology
331
Bibliography
360
Indexes
371
Concordance of passages cited not excerpted
385
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Irby-Massie teaches at Louisiana State University.

Keyser was a professor at the University of Colarado.

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