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Eureka!: What Archimedes Really Meant and 80 Other Key Ideas Explained

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The bestselling author of Brush Up Your Shakespeare offers a fun and educational guide to the many obscure and unusual terms that writers often use, including "chaos theory, " "deconstruction, " "collective unconscious, " and "tabula rasa." Annotated reading lists and a supplementary list of "Pretty Good Thoughts" are also included. 40 illustrations.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 1996 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 1994)
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Nov 18, 2008 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, read-in-2008
Many ideas and names - a little information on each one. I found the writing style to be informative but entertaining enough to keep me interested. (I sometimes have difficulties with nonfiction, especially when I'm just reading for personal edification.)
One plus - I finally learned what Occam's Razor was, an idea that seemed to pop up too many times in Stranger in a Strange Land. My reading strategy of laziness has once again been validated- I mostly skip over words or concepts I'm unfamiliar
Adam Uraynar
Apr 20, 2016 Adam Uraynar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, backburner, philo
Galileo : Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos (for heliocentric hypothesis)
as Rosa Parks : [Ida Wells?]

ether or quintessenta--made Aristotle A BITCH!

Scientific method, Hume's Fork, taken for granted today, back then went against conventional ideas about finding truth

p 4 Some materialists--believing that mind is nothing but matter--argue for determinism: scientifically. Since the brain is a physical object, it obeys physical laws; thought and behavior, along with everything else in the u
Jennifer Kunz
Had a lot of stuff I didn't know, so was informative :)
Raditya Dika
Jul 03, 2007 Raditya Dika rated it liked it
a great book to survive cocktail party, especially if you want to get laid. "excuse me, you look like a classic einstein's relativity theory for me. oh, mesmerized? let me explain that one for you.."
May 09, 2011 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Contain a number of interesting factoids which makes it worthy as a reference. Unfortunately, as most of books of this type, lacks depth on the different subjects that are dealt with.
Mark Fallon
A very good primer on major philosophical, mathematical, scientific and economic ideas that shaped Western civilization.
Apr 27, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
Very nice book. Learned a lot. Now, I'll think twice before using phrases, adages and ideas we take for granted.
Dec 10, 2008 Maurean rated it liked it
Shelves: reference
Another interesting one to go back to from time to time, that sits on my 'reference' shelf.
Feb 23, 2008 Heather marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: self
This book has short chapters, each about a big idea, such as Occam's Razor.
Robin Murphy
Aug 10, 2010 Robin Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I use this as a lunch read, short (most of the time) explanations of ideas.
Jun 05, 2008 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference, philosophy
Lots of fun for a quick read... each entry is only a couple pages.
Mar 25, 2011 Sae-chan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I got inspiration of books to buy from this book.
Jan 18, 2009 Tyler marked it as not-completed  ·  review of another edition
A history of influential ideas.
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