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The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Science

The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Greek and Roman Science

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Liba Taub, Patricia Curd, James Allen, Klaus Corcilius, David Ebrey, Thomas Johansen, David Sedley, Laurence M. V. Totelin, Monte Ransome Johnson, Nathan Sidoli, Sylvia Berryman, Massimo Raffa, Leonid Zhmud
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  • Publication planned for: February 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107465763

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  • This book provides a comprehensive overview of the key themes in Greek and Roman science, medicine, mathematics and technology. A distinguished team of specialists engage with topics including the role of observation and experiment, Presocratic natural philosophy, ancient creationism, and the special style of ancient Greek mathematical texts, while several chapters confront key questions in the philosophy of science such as the relationship between evidence and explanation. The volume will spark renewed discussion about the character of 'ancient' versus 'modern' science, and will broaden readers' understanding of the rich traditions of ancient Greco-Roman natural philosophy, science, medicine and mathematics.

    • Provides a comprehensive overview of the key themes in ancient Greco-Roman natural philosophy and science
    • Contains chapters on ancient Greek mathematics, creationism in antiquity and Presocratic natural philosophy
    • Challenges received wisdom about the differences between contemporary and ancient science
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    • Publication planned for: February 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107465763
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Not yet published - available from February 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Liba Taub
    1. Presocratic natural philosophy Patricia Curd
    2. Reason, experience and art: the Gorgias and On Ancient Medicine James Allen
    3. Towards a science of life: the cosmological method, teleology and living things Klaus Corcilius
    4. Aristotle on the matter for birth, life and the elements David Ebrey
    5. From craft to nature: the emergence of natural teleology Thomas Johansen
    6. Creationism in antiquity David Sedley
    7. What's a plant? Laurence M. V. Totelin
    8. Meteorology Monte Ransome Johnson
    9. Ancient Greek mathematics Nathan Sidoli
    10. Astronomy in its contexts Liba Taub
    11. Ancient Greek mechanics and the mechanical hypothesis Sylvia Berryman
    12. Measuring musical beauty: instruments, reason and perception in ancient harmonics Massimo Raffa
    13. Ancient Greek historiography of science Leonid Zhmud

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    Liba Taub, University of Cambridge
    Liba Taub is Director of the Whipple Museum of the History of Science and Professor of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Ancient Meteorology (2003), Aetna and the Moon: Explaining Nature in Ancient Greece and Rome (2008), and Science Writing in Greco-Roman Antiquity (Cambridge, 2017).

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    Liba Taub, Patricia Curd, James Allen, Klaus Corcilius, David Ebrey, Thomas Johansen, David Sedley, Laurence M. V. Totelin, Monte Ransome Johnson, Nathan Sidoli, Sylvia Berryman, Massimo Raffa, Leonid Zhmud

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