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Landmarks in Western Science: From Prehistory to the Atomic Age

Peter Whitfield

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ISBN 10: 0712346406 / ISBN 13: 9780712346405
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Title: Landmarks in Western Science: From ...

Publisher: British Library

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used - Like New

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All life must pass, as Shakespeare said, "through nature to eternity". Our understanding of that journey is the starting point for this wide-ranging survey. Peter Whitfield describes the long and complex process of discovery that lies behind that achievement, from the earliest times to the 20th century. He shows how people with enquiring minds and a range of beliefs have tried to "build bridges between nature or eternity", and that the history of science, like that of art, is not a simple progression from lower to higher, but a sequence of responses to the world, conditioned by historical circumstances.

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Peter Whitfield has written widely on the history of maps, including The Image of the World: 20 Centuries of World Maps (1994) and New Found Lands: Maps in the History of Exploration(Routledge 1998) He is a former director of Stanford's International Map Centre in London, and now runs his own company publishing facsimiles of historical maps.

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