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The First Scientist by Carlo Rovelli
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Feb 01, 12

bookshelves: history, science

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 explained through observation of nature. This was unheard of until that time and set the stage for others to pursue science through observation. He postulated that rain was caused by water that evaporated from oceans and rivers, rose to form clouds, and when the clouds became saturated, it rained. He also discovered the causes for many other phenomena. Anaximander stated that all natural phenomena could be explained in similar terms if only humans used observation, reason, and analysis instead of resorting to "the gods did it."
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