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Early Greek Science: Thales to Aristotle

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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
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Published September 30th 2012 by Vintage Digital
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May 12, 2013 AC rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
May 20, 2013 Erik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Topical but it hits all the high notes and keeps judgment to a minimum. This might be an appropriate text for a class, as long as it is supplemented with more serious material for focus.
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Aug 15, 2014 Mark Bowles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was the awakening of the scientific mind, the opening of the spirit of man to the nature of inquiry, and the beginnings of quantification and experimentation. Early Greek Science: Thales to Aristotle and Greek Science After Aristotle by G.E.R. Lloyd are studies of Greek science from Thales of Miletus in 585 B.C. to Galen of Pergamum in 180 A.D and the decline of ancient science. While there is no direct Greek translation of our word science, Lloyd's thesis, nevertheless, is that modern-day sc ...more
Sep 19, 2015 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a handy little introduction to what the ancients would have called "natural philosophy." They didn't have science the way we think of it today, but they did still try to understand the natural world, how it works, and how it came to be. Lloyd writes clearly, and gives a great understanding of what the ancient questions were and how thinkers tried to come up with answers. The book doesn't waste time trying to show all of the ways in which the ancients were wrong by modern standards. He do ...more
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Jun 17, 2016 Andee Nero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I think this is a really great starting point for people interested in Greek science, but you would still need to read more specific works, particularly on 4th century astronomy, Plato, Hippocrates and Aristotle, in order to really grasp the importance of the developments Lloyd puts under discussion.
Oct 21, 2012 Yuxin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The construction of points is so clear to understand. Very helpful for novice in philosophy like me.
Dec 13, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Required reading in Classics mandatory for Biology students at University of Alberta. Covers much of the early Greek and Egyptian philosophy.
A clear overview of the main people and ideas (that we know about...) in early Greek natural philosophy.
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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 ...more
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