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By Lois N. Magner

I skimmed this ebook for history info, and was once inspired that Magner's didn't interpret and decide historical historical past on a latest technological know-how foundation, yet quite offered and evaluated every one scientist as he handled the knowledge he had, answering the questions awarded to him by way of the tradition during which he lived. Magner additionally did rather well explaining medical principles to me -- a a bit of scientifically trained, yet non-science significant.

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A few additional insights into his ideas and personality are preserved in the stolid memoirs of Xenophon and the ribald comedies of Aristophanes. Like Socrates, Plato's main concern was moral philosophy, encompassing ethics, politics, and theology. Nevertheless, Plato exerted a profound influence on the development of Western science and the characteristics and goals of scientific investigation. After the death of Socrates, Plato is said to have traveled widely to learn from other philosophers, mathematicians, and even the priests of Egypt.

Mind contained all knowledge and controlled all living things, and Mind alone possessed the power of initiating motion. In Anaxagoras's scheme Mind plays the role Empedocles ascribed to Love and Strife. In the beginning all things existed in a homogeneous, motionless mixture. The universe as we know it began when Mind initiated a localized rotational motion or vortex that continuously increased so that all things were mixed, separated, and divided. The dense was separated from the fine, hot from cold, light from dark, and moist from dry.

E. (1965). Aristotle's Vision of Nature. New York: Columbia University Press. ), the ruler of Macedonia who had once been Aristotle's student. ). After conquering his barbarian neighbors and the city-states of Greece, Philip was killed by an assassin. Alexander, who was only 20 when his father died, efficiently disposed of rival claimants to the throne, defeated the Persians, conquered Egypt and Babylonia, and invaded India. Alexander's military forces were followed by a little army of scholars and historians, botanists and geographers, engineers and surveyors.

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