: Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya (Audible Audio Edition): Dick Teresi, Peter Johnson . Lost Discoveries has ratings and 33 reviews. conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins. Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi’s innovative history of science, explores the unheralded scientific breakthroughs from peoples of the ancient world.

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This book discusses the modern science and how non-western cultures have contributed to science. A treasure trove for the scientist.

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Jan 17, Sally rated it discoceries liked it Shelves: Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi’s innovative history of science, explores the unheralded scientific breakthroughs from peoples of the ,ost world — Babylonians, Egyptians, Indians, List, New World and Lowt tribes, among others — and the non-European medieval world.

This achieves nothing – out of context these are just little factoids, useful only as a prelude to a chat down the pub.

Arabs built the first observatories. For much of history non-western cultures have been ahead of the west scientifically but the book doesn’t say that all western acheivements were stolen. Iron suspension bridges came from Kashmir, printing from India; papermaking was from China, Tibet, India, and Baghdad; movable type was invented by Pi Sheng in about ; the Quechuan Indians of Peru were the first to vulcanize rubber; Andean farmers were the first to freeze-dry potatoes.

A history of past knowledge lost until found again in the modern era. They left an enormous heritage I will attempt to finish it on a cold winter night when I can’t sleep.

But the ideas that give scientists goals for search and understanding is what gets the ball rolling. Also, we don’t give Islamic scholars nearly enough credit for keeping the sciences alive through the Dark Ages to the Renaissance. I did learn a great deal siscoveries this book and I was glad for having read it.

Our numerals, 0 through 9, were invented in ancient India; the Indians also boasted geometry, trigonometry, and a kind of calculus. Examples of the discoveries of basic principles by early peoples that later turn up as part of the Western canon are provided by this author in great detail. Yet this same pivotal author, whose writings are the first to present our modern arithmetic system, is completely unmentioned in the mathematical chapter.


References to this book Merchants of Immortality: Mar 25, David rated it it was ok. That is, if he even bothers to offer any kind of citation at all! To ask other readers questions about Lost Discoveriesplease sign up. The ancient Greeks gave copious credit to the earlier Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations for their thoughts in mathematics, astronom This was an interesting read so close after Carnage and Culture.

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The Chinese observed, reported, dated, recorded, and interpreted eclipses between and b. Because of this, it was hard to continue with the book. Rather than constructing an alternative narrative, or highlighting how this one breaks down, he instead seems to think it adequate to throw about an almost random collection of discoveries from China, India, Mespotamia and South America.

For each different field of science, the author Teresi may be knowledgeable and a good researcher but I fear that he is not a good writer. Chinese alchemists realized that most physical substances were merely combinations of other substances, which could be mixed in different proportions.

It’s a very hard read, but a lot of it is worth it.

Doscoveries Preview See a Problem? The Babylonians, for example, developed the Pythagorean theorem This is an excellent survey of the early history of various sciences, from Mathematics and Astronomy to Physics and Chemistry, that was discovered or developed by ancient civilizations that existed discovreies of our known Western worlds.

Lists with This Book. This book challenges the notion that the scientific method sprang fully-formed from Greek western civilization from a man who started with exactly that premise before starting his research. Jul 19, Kami rated it liked it.

In the East, they’d been printing books, albeit differently, almost a thousand years before Gutenberg. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This book looks at all the different fields of science. Tell us what you like, so we can send you books you’ll love.

Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science–from the Babylonians to the Maya

In the eleventh century, Avicenna of Discoveies divined that outward qualities of metals were of little value in classification, and he stressed internal structure, a notion anticipating Mendeleyev’s periodic chart of elements. All in all, this is a good book, but it’s not for everyone. What kind of surprised me was just how recent the Western bias is.

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The writing style is also a little all over the place, jumping from personal anecdotes to stories to the ancient history of the sciences. I love the idea of this book. This innovative history proves once and for all that the roots of modern science were established centuries, and in some instances millennia, before the births of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton. I’m pretty intelligent when it comes to some things, but math is definitely not one of them.

Instead, he reaches out for ANY potential breakthrough, and reresi from solid, provable facts to generous interpretation of ancient philosophies to claim that ancient civilizations had rudimentary understandings of fields such as atomic structure, the age of the universe, and even quantum theory. Sep 15, Julien Rapp rated it liked it Shelves: The Medieval Europeans knew that much of their sciences were coming from the Islamic world, not just left over from Greece and Rome.

Yes, there were peaks in the progress of science, but today science is the only universal culture, the same in the West, East, North, and South.

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In the sixth century, a Hindu astronomer taught that the daily rotation of the earth on its axis provided the rising and setting of the sun. Discooveries just because the ancient Hindus kinda guessed right or closer to right than the medieval Christians did doesn’t make creation myths any less wild-ass guesses or kooky. Selected pages Title Page. Leon Lederman Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and coauthor of The God Particle Wow, Teresi’s Lost Discoveries is a romp through the history of mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, physics, doscoveries, chemistry, and technology.

I wouldn’t term this book “junk”, but read it with the idea in mind that there are errors of fact within its pages.