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Author Graham, Daniel W.
Title Science before Socrates : Parmenides, Anaxagoras, and the new astronomy / Daniel Graham.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 2013.

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Author Graham, Daniel W.
Subject Parmenides.
Astronomy, Ancient -- Greece.
Astronomy, Greek.
Science -- Greece -- History -- To 1500.
Alt Name Oxford University Press.
Description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary In this work, Daniel W. Graham argues against the belief that the Presocratic philosophers did not produce any empirical science and that the first major Greek science, astronomy, did not develop until at least the time of Plato. Instead, Graham proposes that the advances made by presocratic philosophers in the study of astronomy deserve to be considered as scientific contributions.
Note Online resource; title from home page (viewed on Aug 2, 2013).
Contents Cover; Contents; Preface; Introduction: Cosmic Conjunctions; 1. Looking for Science; 1.1. Unfounded Speculation; 1.2. Footnotes to Thales; 1.3. Footnotes to Pythagoras; 1.4. Science Without Knowledge; 1.5. History of Science Without History; 1.6. History of Science Without Science; 1.7. Old-Time History of Science; 2. Azure Pastures: An Early Ionian Model; 2.1. Hesiod's Mythical Cosmography; 2.2. Ionian Theories; 2.3. The Meteorological Model; 3. Borrowed Light: The Insights of Parmenides; 3.1. Fifth-Century Advances; 3.2. Three Insights: Heliophotism, Planetary Unification, Sphericity
3.3. The Power of a Model3.4. Conjectures; 3.5. Conceptual Advances; Conclusion; 4. Empire of the Sun: Implications of Heliophotism, and a New Model; 4.1. Antiphraxis and Other Theoretical Implications; 4.2. A New Physics; 4.3. Anaxagoras' New Cosmology and Astronomy; 4.4. The Lithic Model; 5. Darkened Suns and Falling Stars: Heaven-Sent Proofs; 5.1. Lives of the Eminent Philosophers; 5.2. Eclipses; 5.3. The Meteor; 5.4. The Comet; 5.5. The Nile Floods; Conclusion: Theory and Evidence; 6. Lunar Revolutions: The Triumph of the New Astronomy; 6.1. A Community Effort; 6.2. Anaxagoras' Theory
6.3. Other Theories of the Fifth Century6.4. Characteristics of the Lithic Model; 6.5. The Doxography; 6.6. Plato's Heavenly Sphere; 6.7. Aristotle's Paradigm; 6.8. A Scientific Consensus; 7. The Geometry of the Heavens; 7.1. The Story of Early Greek Astronomy; 7.2. Scientific Progress; 7.3. Historical and Philosophical Significance; Appendix 1: Anaxagoras in the Historiography of Science; Appendix 2: Science and History; Bibliography; Index of Passages; A; C; D; E; G; H; I; L; O; P; S; T; V; X; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; X; Y; Z
ISBN 9780199346035 (electronic bk.)
0199346038 (electronic bk.)
9780199959785 (hardback : alk. paper)
0199959781 (hardback : alk. paper)
OCLC # 862126730
Additional Format Print version 9780199959785

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