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The Discovery of Time
"A discussion of the historical development of our ideas of time as they relate to nature, human nature and society. . . . The excellence of The Discovery of Time is unquestionable."—Martin Lebowitz, The Kenyon Review
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 15th 1982 by University Of Chicago Press
(first published 1965)
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Mar 24, 2013 Adam rated it it was amazing
Discovery of Time is a broad and passable introduction to the history of science. It’s one part of a three-book series that covers the same topic through three distinct lenses: time, matter, and the heavens. Toulmin and Goodfield review early ideas about the origins and arc of the universe, the nature of its inhabitants, and provide compelling if compressed accounts of the beginnings of modern paleontology, geology, history, evolutionary biology, and cosmology. This sort of material is always va ...more
An extremely readable account of the development not only of ideas about the history of the natural world, but the idea that the natural world even has a history. This book was published in 1965, so it ends with a brief discussion of the then cutting edge (and unsupported by much evidence) theories of cosmic origins and how the competing theories and then current research relate to past breakthroughs in theorizing about the natural world.
Jan 01, 2016 Frank Ashe rated it really liked it · review of another edition
A history of the concept of time. Looking at it from the perspective of another 45 years since I chose it as a book prize back in High School, I notice it only has a western European perspective. These days I'd demand a more inclusive view of humanity's ideas.