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The Cambridge History of Science

Volume 1. Ancient Science

Part of The Cambridge History of Science

Francesca Rochberg, Markham Geller, Jens Høyrup, John M. Steele, Annette Imhausen, John Nunn, Rolf Krauss, Daniel Graham, Andrea Falcon, Eric Lewis, James G. Lennox, Laurence Totelin, Liba Taub, Miira Tuominen, Philip van der Eijk, Vivian Nutton, Nathan Sidoli, Alexander Jones, Klaus Geus, A. Mark Smith, Andrew Barker, Serafina Cuomo, Cristina Viano, Kim Plofker, Clemency Montelle, Philipp A. Maas, Karine Chemla, Vivienne Lo, Christopher Cullen
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  • This volume in the highly respected Cambridge History of Science series is devoted to the history of science, medicine and mathematics of the Old World in antiquity. Organized by topic and culture, its essays by distinguished scholars offer the most comprehensive and up-to-date history of ancient science currently available. Together, they reveal the diversity of goals, contexts, and accomplishments in the study of nature in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India. Intended to provide a balanced and inclusive treatment of the ancient world, contributors consider scientific, medical and mathematical learning in the cultures associated with the ancient world.

    • Gives readers an overview of the principal scientific traditions of the Old World in antiquity
    • Provides a detailed introduction to key areas of ancient scientific, medical and mathematical work
    • Enables readers to understand what issues and ideas were valued in ancient cultures with regards to science, medicine and mathematics
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    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108596008
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Mesopotamia:
    1. Science and ancient Mesopotamia Francesca Rochberg
    2. Babylonian medicine as a discipline Markham Geller
    3. Mesopotamian mathematics Jens Høyrup
    4. Babylonian and Assyrian astral science John M. Steele
    Part II. Egypt:
    5. The cultural context of (mathematical) experts in Ancient Egypt Annette Imhausen
    6. Egyptian medicine John Nunn
    7. Egyptian calendars and astronomy Rolf Krauss
    8. Egyptian mathematics Jens Høyrup
    Part III. Greek and Greco-Roman:
    9. Physical and cosmological thought before Aristotle Daniel Graham
    10. Aristotle: an overview Andrea Falcon
    11. Aristotle's physical theory Eric Lewis
    12. Aristotle and the origins of zoology James G. Lennox
    13. Botany Laurence Totelin
    14. Science after Aristotle: Hellenistic and Roman science Liba Taub
    15. Late antiquity: science in the philosophical schools Miira Tuominen
    16. Medicine in early and classical Greece Philip van der Eijk
    17. Hellenistic and Roman medicine Vivian Nutton
    18. Greek mathematics Nathan Sidoli
    19. Astronomy and astrology Alexander Jones
    20. Greek and Greco-Roman geography Klaus Geus
    21. Greek optics A. Mark Smith
    22. Harmonics Andrew Barker
    23. Greek mechanics Serafina Cuomo
    24. Graeco-Egyptian alchemy Cristina Viano
    Part IV. India:
    25. Astronomy and astrology in India Kim Plofker
    26. Mathematics in early India (1000 BCE–1000 CE) Clemency Montelle
    27. Indian medicine and Ayurveda Philipp A. Maas
    Part V. China:
    28. Mathematical knowledge and practices from early imperial China until the Tang Dynasty Karine Chemla
    29. Medicine and healing in Han China Vivienne Lo
    30. Chinese astronomy in the early imperial age: a brief outline Christopher Cullen.

  • Editors

    Alexander Jones, New York University
    Alexander Jones is Leon Levy Director Professor of the History of the Exact Sciences in Antiquity at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University and author of A Portable Cosmos: Revealing the Antikythera Mechanism, Scientific Wonder of the Ancient World (2017).

    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 Ptolemy's Universe: The Natural Philosophical and Ethical Foundations of Ptolemy's Astronomy (1993), Ancient Meteorology (2003), Aetna and the Moon: Explaining Nature in Ancient Greece and Rome (2008), and Science Writing in Greco-Roman Antiquity (Cambridge, 2017).

    Contributors

    Francesca Rochberg, Markham Geller, Jens Høyrup, John M. Steele, Annette Imhausen, John Nunn, Rolf Krauss, Daniel Graham, Andrea Falcon, Eric Lewis, James G. Lennox, Laurence Totelin, Liba Taub, Miira Tuominen, Philip van der Eijk, Vivian Nutton, Nathan Sidoli, Alexander Jones, Klaus Geus, A. Mark Smith, Andrew Barker, Serafina Cuomo, Cristina Viano, Kim Plofker, Clemency Montelle, Philipp A. Maas, Karine Chemla, Vivienne Lo, Christopher Cullen

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