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Sketches of the History of Science

Collégial et universitaire

Sketches of the History of Science

Auteurs : Justine Bell, Justin Marleau Illustrator: Alexandre Bustamante

ISBN : 9782894703977
Nombre de pages : 228

Prix : 32,95 $
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Ever wondered how science came about, but were intimidated by voluminous tomes that tell but do not show how it was all done? With its hundreds of illustrations and accessible writing style, Sketches of the History of Science helps you navigate the philosophical underpinnings of science, shows you its roots in natural philosophy, and illuminates complex phenomena in early and modern biology, chemistry, and physics. Requiring no previous background in the natural sciences, the book can be read both for fun and for class to develop a better understanding of the origins of science and how it works.

Table des matières

CHAPTER 1—The Scientific Method

1.1 Philosophies of Science

1.2 History of Science

1.3 Views from the Sociology of Science

1.4 Science, Democracy and Knowledge


CHAPTER 2—The Antecedents of Science 

2.1 Plato’s Natural Philosophy

2.2 Aristotle’s Natural Philosophy

2.3 Natural Philosophy in the Roman Era and Middle Ages


CHAPTER 3—The World Turned Upside Down

3.1 The Earth Is Not the Centre!

3.2 Evidence for Heliocentrism

3.3 The Sun Is not the Centre of the Universe!


CHAPTER 4—The New Instrument of Science

4.1 From Renaissance to Discovery

4.2 A Tale of Pumps and Pressure

4.3 The Emergence of Science


CHAPTER 5—Gravity: A Weighty Problem

5.1 Gravity Is a Universal Force That Governs Movement on Earth

5.2 Gravity Governs Movement in the Vacuum of Space

5.3 If Light Is a Wave, Then It Cannot Travel through a Vacuum

5.4 Light Speed Is Constant: Everything Adjusts around Light

5.5 Where Did Space-Time Come From?

5.6 Is Gravity a Force That Is Mediated through a Particle?


CHAPTER 6—Alchemy to Atoms: A Simple Kind of Magic

6.1 Alchemy Becomes Chemistry

6.2 Careful Accounting Shows That Matter Is Conserved and Recycled

6.3 Electricity Is Chemistry, Not Magic

6.4 Atoms Have Different Masses

6.5 Life Emerges from How Atoms Interact with Each Other


CHAPTER 7—Mass and Energy

7.1 Energy

7.2 Electromagnetic Energy Acts Like a Wave

7.3 Electrons Are Subatomic Particles That Carry Electrical Charge

7.4 Radioactivity Shows There Is a Link between Energy and Subatomic Particles

7.5 Mass-Energy Equivalence

7.6 Wave-Particle Duality

7.7 Science Becomes Less Deterministic and Uses Probability to Measure Uncertainty

7.8 The Atomic Nucleus and the Atomic Bomb

7.9 The Particle Zoo and the Standard Model


CHAPTER 8—What Is Life?

8.1 Spontaneous Generation

8.2 Cell Theory

8.3 Genetics

8.4 How Genes Work


CHAPTER 9—From the Lagoon to the Entangled Bank

9.1 Cracks in Aristotelian Biology

9.2 The Rise of Evolutionary Biology

9.3 Evolutionary Biology after Darwin

9.4 Modern Evolutionary Theory


CHAPTER 10—Balancing Humanity and Nature

10.1 Ecology: Struggles for Existence across Ecosystems

10.2 Humans in the Environment: Environmental Sciences

10.3 In Our Hands: Human Control and Alteration of Biodiversity

10.4 Science in the Anthropocene