A History of Science in World Cultures: Voices of Knowledge by Scott L. Montgomery, Alok Kumar


By Scott L. Montgomery, Alok Kumar

To appreciate glossy technological know-how, it's necessary to realize that a number of the so much basic medical ideas are drawn from the information of old civilizations. Taking an international but finished method of this complicated subject, A background of technological know-how in international Cultures makes use of a wide variety of case stories and examples to illustrate that the clinical idea and approach to the current day is deeply rooted in a pluricultural past.
Covering historic Egypt, Mesopotamia, India, Greece, China, Islam, and the hot global, this quantity discusses the scope of clinical and technological achievements in each one civilization and the way the information it constructed got here to affect the ecu Renaissance. issues coated contain the impression those clinical cultures had upon each other, the ability of writing and its applied sciences, visions of mathematical order within the universe and the way it may be represented, and what parts of the far-off medical prior we proceed to depend on this day. themes usually left unexamined in histories of technological know-how are taken care of in attention-grabbing aspect, resembling the chemistry of mummification and the nice Library in Alexandria in Egypt, jewelry and concrete making plans of the Indus Valley, hydraulic engineering and the compass in China, the sustainable agriculture and dental surgical procedure of the Mayas, and algebra and optics in Islam.
This ebook exhibits that clinical notion hasn't ever been constrained to anyone period, tradition, or geographic zone. essentially awarded and hugely illustrated, A historical past of technological know-how in global Cultures is the proper textual content for all scholars and others drawn to the advance of technology all through history.

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It is known they were put on sledges and dragged up to a kilometer or more. Until very recently, however, it wasn’t known how this was specifically accomplished, since a sledge pulled with such weight on it would act as a bulldozer, pushing up a berm of sand and quickly coming to a halt. The question was solved, interestingly, by a combination of physics and art. This is a drawing of a portion of a wall painting in the tomb of Djehutihotep that gives us a portrait of workers hauling a giant statue bound by ropes to a sledge.

Boats of such scale imply a long tradition of seafaring, thus knowledge of navigation, currents, coastal geography. Finally, sailors could understand weather signs and interpret evidence from the sky and the winds. All these scientific elements, then, in an allegorical poem about life, death, and rebirth. This isn’t surprising. ). It is easy to see why other, later peoples, like the Greeks, felt such awe before its towering achievement. Ideas and beliefs that we would call religious permeated Egyptian thought.

The core of each pyramid was constructed with local rock, which is more porous and non-homogeneous. This limestone was polished to a high white sheen. It is not hard to imagine that the great pyramids at Giza were a breathtaking sight in their time, visible from many miles as striking features of the landscape. Slaves did not build the pyramids. ” Such is the stuff of ignorance and fantasy. Pyramid workers were poorer citizens who took on such labor out of loyalty to the pharaoh and for the economic security such long-term work offered.

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