A History of the Life Sciences, Revised and Expanded by Lois N. Magner

By Lois N. Magner

I skimmed this publication for heritage details, and used to be inspired that Magner's didn't interpret and choose historic historical past on a latest technology foundation, yet relatively provided and evaluated every one scientist as he handled the data he had, answering the questions offered to him through the tradition during which he lived. Magner additionally did rather well explaining medical principles to me -- a slightly scientifically informed, yet non-science significant.

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Anaxagoras of Clazomenae (ca. Origins of the Life Sciences 21 500 to ca. ) represents the new Athenian phase in the development of Greek philosophy and the dangers that would haunt those who pursued unconventional ideas. Despite his friendship with the great Athenian statesman Pericles, Anaxagoras was persecuted for impiety, allegedly for saying that the sun was only a red-hot rock rather than a god. Perhaps Anaxagoras had expressed other dangerous and unorthodox ideas. " The philosopher was forced to leave Athens for Lampsacus.

Developed their ideas in reaction to the prevailing schools of Plato and Aristotle. Both Epicurus and Zeon were primarily concerned with ethical issues and insisted that understanding ethics required an understanding of the nature of the universe and human beings. Only a few fragments of their writings have Origins of the Life Sciences 39 survived, but the writings of their followers preserved and transmitted their basic concepts. Both the Stoics and the Epicureans believed that the good life led to a state of mental tranquility.

Perhaps, given the literary device employed in making his case, Empedocles actually deserves credit for observing that children of both sexes are natural experimentalists. Certainly many of Empedocles' theories can be thought of as fruitful, in terms of inspiring large new ideas about natural phenomena, which is often more important than being correct about small matters. In any case, Empedocles was not the only philosopher to offer a defense of the use of the senses, in conjunction with reason and logic, as a guide to understanding the world of natural phenomena.

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