A History of Science in Society, Volume I: From the Ancient Greeks to the Scientific Revolution, Third Edition, Volume 1

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University of Toronto Press, Sep 29, 2016 - Science - 304 pages

A History of Science in Society is a concise overview that introduces complex ideas in a non-technical fashion. Ede and Cormack trace the history of the changing place of science in society and explore the link between the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to make that knowledge useful. Volume I covers the origins of natural philosophy in the ancient world to the Scientific Revolution.

New topics in this edition include astronomy and mathematics in ancient Mayan society, science and technology in ancient India and China, and Islamic cartography. New "Connections" features provide in-depth exploration of the ways science and society interconnect. The text is accompanied by 27 colour maps and diagrams, and 4 colour plates highlighting key concepts and events. Essay questions, chapter timelines, a further readings section, and an index provide additional support for students. A companion reader edited by the authors, A History of Science in Society: A Reader, is also available.


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Aristotle and Alexander the Great
The Roman Era and the Rise of Islam
The Development of Islamic Cartography
The Revival of Natural Philosophy in Western Europe
Alcuin and the Rise of Cathedral Schools
The Courtly Philosophers
John Dee and the Court of Elizabeth i
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About the author (2016)

Andrew Ede is Associate Professor of History at the University of Alberta.

Lesley B. Cormack is Dean of Arts at the University of Alberta.

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