Early Greek Science: Thales to Aristotle (Paperback)

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Early Greek Science: Thales to Aristotle (Paperback)

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Although there is no exact equivalent to our term science in Greek, Western science may still be said to have originated with the Greeks, for they were the first to attempt to explain natural phenomena consistently in naturalistic terms, and they initiated the practices of rational criticism of scientific theories.


This study traces Greek science through the work of the Pythagoreans, the Presocratic natural philosophers, the Hippocratic writers, Plato, the fourth-century B.C. astronomers, and Aristotle. G. E. R. Lloyd also investigates the relationships between science and philosophy and science and medicine; he discusses the social and economic setting of early Greek science; and he analyzes the motives and incentives of the different groups of writers.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393005837
ISBN-10: 0393005836
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: February 17th, 1974
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Ancient Culture and Society