Ancient History & Civilisation

Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greece

Ancient Science Through the Golden Age of Greece

Although science did not begin in ancient Greece (millennia of work in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and other regions preceded Greek efforts) it is nevertheless true that methodic, rational investigation of the natural universe originated largely with early Hellenic thinkers. Thus, the major part of this book is of necessity devoted to Greece. Drawing wherever possible on original sources, Dr. Sarton, one of the world's foremost historians of science, paints a vivid and illuminating picture of mathematics, astronomy, physics, biology, medicine, and other sciences as they emerged from the mists of prehistory and ultimately flourished within the context of Greek society.

PREFACE

PART ONE - ORIENTAL AND GREEK ORIGINS

Chapter I - THE DAWN OF SCIENCE

Chapter II - EGYPT

Chapter III - MESOPOTAMIA

Chapter IV - DARK INTERLUDE

Chapter V - THE DAWN OF GREEK CULTURE. HOMER AND HESIOD

Chapter VII - ASSYRIAN INTERMEZZO

Chapter VII - IONIAN SCIENCE IN THE SIXTH CENTURY

Chapter VIII - PYTHAGORAS

PART TWO - THE FIFTH CENTURY

Chapter IX - GREECE AGAINST PERSIA. THE GLORY OF ATHENS

Chapter X - PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE TO THE DEATH OF SOCRATES

Chapter XI - MATHEMATICS, ASTRONOMY, AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE FIFTH CENTURY

Chapter XII - GEOGRAPHERS AND HISTORIANS OF THE FIFTH CENTURY

Chapter XIII - GREEK MEDICINE OF THE FIFTH CENTURY, CHIEFLY HIPPOCRATIC

Chapter XIV - THE HIPPOCRATIC CORPUS

Chapter XV - COAN ARCHAEOLOGY

PART THREE - THE FOURTH CENTURY

Chapter XVI - PLATO AND THE ACADEMY

Chapter XVII - MATHEMATICS AND ASTRONOMY IN PLATO’S TIME

Chapter XVIII - XENOPHON

Chapter XIX - ARISTOTLE AND ALEXANDER. THE LYCEUM

Chapter XX - MATHEMATICS, ASTRONOMY, AND PHYSICS IN ARISTOTLE’S TIME

Chapter XXI - THE NATURAL SCIENCES AND MEDICINE IN ARISTOTLE’S TIME

Chapter XXII - ARISTOTELIAN HUMANITIES AND HISTORIOGRAPHY IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE FOURTH CENTURY B.C.

Chapter XXIII - OTHER THEORIES OF LIFE AND OF KNOWLEDGE THE GARDEN AND THE PORCH

Chapter XXIV - EPILOGUE: THE END OF A CYCLE

GENERAL BIBLIOGRAPHY

Notes

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