The First Scientist: Anaximander and His Legacy

The First Scientist: Anaximander and His Legacy

Carlo Rovelli / Apr 18, 2019

The First Scientist Anaximander and His Legacy Marvelous A wonderful book Humana Mente Rovelli is the dream author to conduct us on this journey Nonfiction At this point in time when the prestige of science is at a low and even simple issues like

  • Title: The First Scientist: Anaximander and His Legacy
  • Author: Carlo Rovelli
  • ISBN: 9781594161315
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Marvelous A wonderful book Humana.Mente Rovelli is the dream author to conduct us on this journey Nonfiction At this point in time, when the prestige of science is at a low and even simple issues like climate change are mired in controversy, Carlo Rovelli gives us a necessary reflection on what science is, and where it comes from Rovelli is a deeply origina Marvelous A wonderful book Humana.Mente Rovelli is the dream author to conduct us on this journey Nonfiction At this point in time, when the prestige of science is at a low and even simple issues like climate change are mired in controversy, Carlo Rovelli gives us a necessary reflection on what science is, and where it comes from Rovelli is a deeply original thinker, so it is not surprising that he has novel views on the important questions of the nature and origin of science Lee Smolin, founding member and researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and author of The Trouble with Physics Winner of the Prix du Livre Haute Maurienne de l AstronomieCarlo Rovelli, a leading theoretical physicist, uses the figure of Anaximander as the starting point for an examination of scientific thinking itself its limits, its strengths, its benefits to humankind, and its controversial relationship with religion Anaximander, the sixth century BC Greek philosopher, is often called the first scientist because he was the first to suggest that order in the world was due to natural forces, not supernatural ones He is the first person known to understand that the Earth floats in space to believe that the sun, the moon, and the stars rotate around it seven centuries before Ptolemy to argue that all animals came from the sea and evolved and to posit that universal laws control all change in the world Anaximander taught Pythagoras, who would build on Anaximander s scientific theories by applying mathematical laws to natural phenomena.In the award winning The First Scientist Anaximander and His Legacy, translated here for the first time in English, Rovelli restores Anaximander to his place in the history of science by carefully reconstructing his theories from what is known to us and examining them in their historical and philosophical contexts Rovelli demonstrates that Anaximander s discoveries and theories were decisive influences, putting Western culture on its path toward a scientific revolution Developing this connection, Rovelli redefines science as a continuous redrawing of our conceptual image of the world He concludes that scientific thinking the legacy of Anaximander is only reliable when it constantly tests the limits of our current knowledge.

    Who was the first scientist HowStuffWorks You could make the argument, then, that the first modern scientist was someone like Charles Darwin or Michael Faraday, two iconic figures who also happened to be Whewell s contemporaries But even if the term didn t exist before the s, people who embodied its principles did. Who was the first scientist Quora After all, using the scientific method is how we define science, and it is quite likely that someone was using that well before the written word But, you might look into Anaximander The First Scientist Anaximander and His Legacy Carlo Rovelli Books. Who was the first scientist New Scientist Carlo Rovelli argues that ancient Greek philosopher Anaximander should claim the title of The First Scientist THE word scientist only entered the English language in , but since then there have been many excited attempts to name the first. Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was the first scientist to Feb , Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge was the first scientist to isolate caffeine from coffee Ullstein Bild Getty Images A decade later, he demonstrated this effect The First Scientist Anaximander and His Legacy by Carlo In the award winning The First Scientist Anaximander and His Legacy, translated here for the first time in English, Rovelli restores Anaximander to his place in the history of science by carefully reconstructing his theories from what is known to us and examining them in their historical and philosophical contexts. Who was the first scientist Science Focus BBC Focus The term scientist is a relatively new invention, having been coined by British polymath William Whewell in Before then, those who tried to fathom the workings of nature were regarded as philosophers As such, some regard the Ancient Greek thinker Aristotle to be the first scientist, because of his extensive study of natural phenomena. The First Scientist Anaximander and His The First Scientist Anaximander and His Legacy Kindle edition by Carlo Rovelli Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The First Scientist Anaximander and His Legacy. Leonardo The First Scientist Leonardo the First Scientist by Michael White, while engagingly written, walks a dangerously fine line between biography and historical fiction Biography is essentially the history of an individual based on historical fact, while historical fiction is fiction based on historical fact. Scientist Scientist The term scientist was coined by the theologian, philosopher, and historian of science William Whewell in This article focuses on the restricted use of the word Scientists perform research toward a comprehensive understanding of nature, African American Firsts Science Medicine Biography Madam C.J Walker Madam C.J Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, created specialized hair products for African American hair and was one of the first American women to become a self made millionaire.

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        Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer who has worked in Italy and the USA, and currently works in France His work is mainly in the field of quantum gravity, where he is among the founders of the loop quantum gravity theory He has also worked in the history and philosophy of science He collaborates regularly with several Italian newspapers, in particular the cultural supplements of Il Sole 24 Ore and La Repubblica.


    1. The premise of this short book seemed unpromising: a physicist with no formal training in classics or history was apparently claiming that Anaximander, a Greek philosopher about whom almost nothing is known, is the spiritual father of modern science. But, in the event, it was much better than I'd expected. Rovelli is certainly not a historian, but he appears to know Latin and Greek, has read widely, and had enough interesting things to say that he kept me thoroughly entertained. I started this a [...]

    2. Si fa sempre più chiaro che i buoni scienziati riescono a parlare della storia della cultura infinitamente meglio dei cosiddetti umanisti. La conoscono fin nei più reconditi accessi e ne sono dei grandi estimatori. Mi vengono in mente per esempio oltre a Carlo Revelli, parlando di italiani viventi, Edoardo Boncinelli e Piergiorgio Odifreddi. Attraverso le loro parole si intravvede una sorta di cartone dell'affresco rappresentato da noi, dalle nostre culture nella organicità delle loro diverse [...]

    3. Tra tutte le rivoluzioni scientifiche che hanno caratterizzato la storia, il noto fisico teorico ci illumina la figura del filosofo pre-socratico Anassimandro, a sua detta il primo vero scienzato. Le sue intuizioni cosmologiche e non (soprattutto la visione della terra come un masso sferico sospeso nel vuoto e il ciclo dell'acqua), per quanto oggi risultino elementari, erano d'avanguardia per l'epoca e addirittura per il millennio a venire, soprattutto perché non si basavano su convinzioni mist [...]

    4. A slim but interesting volume on the history of scientific thinking. Rovelli awards Anaximander the laurels of first scientist not because of a body of work, but because he was among the first thinkers to try and understand the world without recourse to gods. Rovelli states, "Contrary to a common image, scientific thinking is never established: it is constantly subversive, visionary, and evolutionary. The aspect of science that I seek to illuminate in this book is its critical and rebellious abi [...]

    5. Good history of history of science. Anaximander was an original thinker who attributed thunder and rain to natural causes instead of to Zeus. Unlike some religions, science is based on physical evidence and its conclusions are always subject to change in view of new discoveries. Rovelli states, "Anaximander embodies a step in this process of freeing ourselves from ancient forms of thought."

    6. Dopo Sette brevi lezioni di Fisica e L'ordine del tempo, anche questo libro merita la mia ammirazione per la capacità di questo intellettuale di riuscire così bene a divulgare problematiche complesse. Non c'è una semplificazione dei concetti, che rimangono impegnativi, ma è l'uso della lingua comune declinata su ambiti specifici, ma non settoriali ed esclusivi, a rendere la lettura fluida e comprensibile.Il contenuto riguarda soprattutto la filosofia della scienza, delle sue finalità primar [...]

    7. I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I ordered this book. I knew that Anaximander has few surviving writings (all of which are either quotes from more recent authors or a couple phrases here or there). What I got was an interesting exploration of science by a scientist as well as an informed history of Anaximander.I primarily was expecting a good explanation of the history of Anaximander, and Rovelli does a great job of explaining what we know, and also what he thinks are the important [...]

    8. Una breve opera divulgativa di Carlo Rovelli, il fisico autore del best-seller "Sette brevi lezioni di fisica".Questo libro è precedente, del 2012.Si parte da quello che l'autore considera il primo scienziato ante-litteram, Anassimandro, per allargarsi ad una riflessione più ampia sul ruolo della scienza e del pensiero critico.Anassimandro è uno dei filosofi pre-socratici, che spesso scivola anonimo tra le prime lezioni di filosofia al liceo. Ma in questo libro (e ricordo un simile accenno ne [...]

    9. Carlo Rovelli è uno scienziato, un fisico che si occupa di alcuni dei temi più interessanti e a me cari. Avevo già letto il suo best seller Sette brevi lezioni di fisica, trovato piacevolissimo, benché leggermente sovrastimato. Questo libro, invece, mi è stato consigliato da ben due colleghi, uno di fisica e uno di filosofia, i quali pensavano giustamente che sarei stata affascinata dal percorso qui disegnato, poiché prende le mosse dal filosofo greco Anassimandro.Chiuque abbia studiato fi [...]

    10. In “Che cos’è la scienza: la rivoluzione di Anassimandro” Carlo Rovelli, fisico teorico divenuto famoso come divulgatore grazie a best sellers come “Sette brevi lezioni di fisica” e il recente “L’ordine del tempo”, si focalizza sull’origine del pensiero scientifico per come lo intendiamo noi oggi e in particolare ci porta a riscoprire un personaggio a lungo, e ingiustamente, sottovalutato: Anassimandro. Discepolo di Talete, Anassimandro è un libero pensatore padre di idee riv [...]

    11. Dal secolo scorso in particolare la pratica della scienza si accompagna a una cospicua riflessione su cosa la scienza sia, come vada fatta e quale sia la natura della conoscenza che la scienza puó fornire.Rovelli parla di scienza da scienziato impegnato a coniugare la teoria quantistica dei campi con la relativitá generale. Difende la scienza come la miglior fonte di conoscenza di cui disponiamo, e ció nonostante il sapere fornito dalla scienza sia ad ogni momento temporaneo e in aggiornament [...]

    12. Ionian Greece in general and Anaximander in particular discovered and developed the scientific method. Rovelli's book traces the evolution of Anaximander's thought to how science is done today and makes it clear that without his brilliance, scientific progress would have been seriously affected. It was amazing to me that Anaximander alone investigated natural phenomena without involving the gods or supernatural action. He insisted that there was no need for Zeus, etc. and that the world could be [...]

    13. After having read Curiosity, I have now formulated the hyothesis that scientists who can write for non-sciientists are as rare as chickens with teeth. I expected a philosophy and history story, or a dry scholarly tome. Unfortunately what I got was a philosophy and history dry telling coupled with an energetic monologue on what is wrong with religion and society. The latter is at once distasteful and the only saving grace of the book. The only thing that shines is when the author lets his scienti [...]

    14. Splendido sia per chi ama la filosofia greca: scoprirà l'incredibile figura di Anassimandro, che per chi si chiede cosa sia la scienza e si chiede la ragione del diffondersi di tanto antiscientismo.

    15. Excellent book written by a scientist expressing his admiration for a fairly mysterious figure from Ancient Greece. The book explores what little is known about Anaximander, and goes into great detail about his theories, models and open-mindedness. The book contains illustrations of Anaximander's attempt at a world-map, and of his attempt at modelling the universe, and gives readers a very good idea of what Anaximander thought and why.Despite the odd minor error (e.g suggesting that Anaximander [...]

    16. Entusiasmante. Cos'è la scienza, come nasce, il suo legame con la democrazia e l'alfabeto fonetico. La Grecia madre della scienza, dell'Europa e dell' Occidente inteso come civiltà. La convivenza di scienza e religione. Il trionfo dell'incertezza, del dubbio, del confronto, del'amaro studiare e correggere i propri maestri. Senza toni messianici, affermazioni dogmatiche, verità assolute.Che meraviglia!Tutta un'altra cosa rispetto ai toni furiosi e rancorosi del pur preparatissimo Onfray nella [...]

    17. I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it. The title might mislead a bit in that the book is not an exclusive history of Anaximander. It does say and His Legacy. But I've to admit I expected more of a biography or history. Still, If you are interested in topics that orbit the history of science or if you enjoy reading any of Richard Dawkin's books you will likely find this book illuminating too. By looking at culture through the filter of 2700 years, the author is able to segue the reader int [...]

    18. I didn't know Anaximander was such a central figure and influence on modern science. And Rovelli makes a great job of explaining how the few fragments we have from Anaximander tell us what science is.

    19. What was the birth of science and where might it have started and what culture supported this type of thinking? This book establishes a credible amount of information to support it started in Ionia at 6BCE. And in the middle of it was Anaximander. A great book.

    20. Engrossing historyNot the most flowy prose ever (possibly a consequence of translation?) but a great, interesting read nonetheless. Truly an important perspective on the world.

    21. Good intro to Ancient History, & a clear and concise review of where we r now $ how far we have come

    22. It is hard to overemphasize the importance of this book in the history of science. Here is a cogent explanation of why the Greeks were so important to the foundation of science. This book turns the whole narrative of what happened to our worldview and the worldview of every civilization that left its mark on our progress of looking at the heavens and the world around us. There is simply too much to cover in a small framework like this.No matter your scientific background this is the book where t [...]

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