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The Origins of Scientific Thought


reviewed by Edward H. Madden - 1964

coverTitle: The Origins of Scientific Thought
Author(s): G. De Santillana
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The Origins Of Scientific Thought DE SANTILLANA, G. Chicago: Univer. Chicago Press, 1962. Pp. 320. $5.95 (cloth) $.95 (paper). From the tide, one might expect an analysis of the prefigurement of Galileo's work by the Paris Occamists of the thirteenth century, by Nicolas of Cusa, Domenico de Soto, Albert of Saxony, Nicholas of Oresme, and Benedetti; but this expectation is faulty. Professor Santillana begins with mythology, showing its astronomical import, and ends with the philosophy of Proclus in the third century AD. He systematically goes through the work of the presocratics, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Eudoxus, Archimedes, Aristarchus, Philolaus, Ptolemy, Plutarch, Heron, and many others, and concludes with a study of the Epicureans, Stoics, and neoplatonists. From the names listed, one might guess that the chapters of the book fall into two classes: those dealing with philosophers and their speculative scientific ideas, and those dealing with mathematicians, astronomers, and physicists, who were clearly scientists in... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 65 Number 6, 1964, p. 551-551
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2731, Date Accessed: 9/26/2020 2:29:35 AM

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