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A History of Science, Vol. 1

By Williams, Henry Smith

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Title: A History of Science, Vol. 1  
Author: Williams, Henry Smith
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Classic Literature Collection
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Williams, H. S. (n.d.). A History of Science, Vol. 1. Retrieved from http://www.worldlibrary.org/


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BOOK I: Should the story that is about to be unfolded be found to lack interest, the writers must stand convicted of unpardonable lack of art. Nothing but dulness in the telling could mar the story, for in itself it is the record of the growth of those ideas that have made our race and its civilization what they are; of ideas instinct with human interest, vital with meaning for our race; fundamental in their influence on human development; part and parcel of the mechanism of human thought on the one hand, and of practical civilization on the other. Such a phrase as fundamental principles may seem at first thought a hard saying, but the idea it implies is less repellent than the phrase itself, for the fundamental principles in question are so closely linked with the present interests of every one of us that they lie within the grasp of every average man and woman—nay, of every well-developed boy and girl. These principles are not merely the stepping-stones to culture, the prerequisites of knowledge—they are, in themselves, an essential part of the knowledge of every cultivated person...

Table of Contents
· VOLUME I. THE BEGINNINGS OF SCIENCE · BOOK I · I. PREHISTORIC SCIENCE · II. EGYPTIAN SCIENCE · III. SCIENCE OF BABYLONIA AND ASSYRIA · IV. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ALPHABET · V. THE BEGINNINGS OF GREEK SCIENCE · VI. THE EARLY GREEK PHILOSOPHERS IN ITALY · VII. GREEK SCIENCE IN THE EARLY ATTIC PERIOD · VIII. POST-SOCRATIC SCIENCE AT ATHENS--PLATO, ARISTOTLE, AND THEOPHRASTUS · IX. GREEK SCIENCE OF THE ALEXANDRIAN OR HELLENISTIC PERIOD · CTESIBIUS AND HERO: MAGICIANS OF ALEXANDRIA · X. SCIENCE OF THE ROMAN PERIOD · XI. A RETROSPECTIVE GLANCE AT CLASSICAL SCIENCE · APPENDIX

 

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