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Publisher's Summary

The scientific impulse can be said to have existed forever. But only with the written word did there emerge a record of speculations about how and why things happen. Middle Eastern civilizations developed ways to measure and describe (e.g., math and the alphabet); Greek philosophers classified natural objects and studied cause and effect. This is the story of ancient science from Asia to the Mediterranean Basin.The Science and Discovery series recreates history's 4,000-year journey to better understand the world through scientific means. It is a story of vested interests and independent thinkers, experiments and theories, change and progress.
© and (P)1992 Carmichael and Carmichael, Inc. and Knowledge Products
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By Jon on 07-19-10

Enjoyed Very Much

Pitched to entertain a 60-year-old IT consultant who found it continually surprising and informative. Edwin Newman's reading is marvellous. Annoying only because I often listen to audio books when I go to sleep - but this one keeps me awake too long.

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By Philip on 12-11-06

Science in Antiquity

This book provides half-hour narratives tracing ideas about cosmology and the nature of things from the Sumerians on. Pitched to about a 6th grade level. OK if you know absolutely nothing about ancient history. If you know a bit about Thales, Plato and Aristotle, skip it.

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