Early Greek Science: Thales to Aristotle
by G.E.R. Lloyd
In this new series leading classical scholars interpret afresh the ancient world for the modern reader. They stress those questions and institutions that most concern us today: the interplay between economic factors and politics, the struggle to find a balance between the state and the individual, the role of the intellectual. Most of the books in this series centre on the...more
ebook, 176 pages
Published September 30th 2012 by Vintage Digital
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May 12, 2013 AC rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
i've used this and its companion volume with undergraduates, and they are very good... Not a substitute for Dicks (Ancient Greek Astronomy) or Neugebauer, of course... But good introductins, and very, very readable.
Jan 24, 2013 Elliot rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Even when he's writing an introductory text/survey, G.E.R. Lloyd can be exceptionally subtle. He's particularly nice here when discussing the scientific legacy of Plato, whose theory of the Forms and whose belief that our ultimate purpose as humans is to understand the ideals beyond sensory experience can be extraordinarily anti-scientific (viewing sensory experience as false and inhibitory and valuing astronomical and mathematical inquiry only as a pastime), but whose belief that ours was the b...more
Sir Geoffrey Ernest Richard Lloyd is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Science at the Needham Research Institute. His University career has been based chiefly at the University of Cambridge, where he held various University and College posts, first at King's College and then at Darwin. From 1983 onwards he held a personal Chair in Ancient Philosophy and Science and from 1989 until retir...moreMore about G.E.R. Lloyd...