The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science

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Springer, Nov 13, 2006 - Social Science - 230 pages
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Arun Bala challenges Eurocentric conceptions of history by showing how Chinese, Indian, Arabic, and ancient Egyptian ideas in philosophy, mathematics, cosmology and physics played an indispensable role in making possible the birth of modern science.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Why Did Modern Science Not Develop in Civilization X?
7
3 The Eurocentric History of Science
21
4 Multicultural Histories of Science
33
5 Toward a Thematic Approach to Multicultural History
40
6 What Made the Renaissance in Europe?
53
7 The Narrow Copernican Revolution
63
8 The Alhazen Optical Revolution
85
11 Universal Mathematical Laws in a Mechanical Universe
118
12 Fusing Solar and Stellar Cosmologies
131
13 The Wider Copernican Revolution
145
14 Contrasting Competitive Plausibility
177
Notes
185
Bibliography
205
Name Index
217
Subject Index
224

9 The Modern Atomic Revolution
95
10 Integrating Hellenic and Indian Traditions
107

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About the author (2006)

ARUN BALA is a visiting professor at the University of Toronto in Canada.

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