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The Dawn of Science

Glimpses from History for the Curious Mind

Authors: Padmanabhan, Thanu, Padmanabhan, Vasanthi

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  • Presents an entertaining exposition of the early history of all branches of science intended for a lay person
  • Ample illustrations enhance the narrative and supplement the text 
  • Authors stand out for both their scientific and pedagogical skills
  • Useful "Where" and "When" illustrations help readers to gain insight into the "bigger picture"
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About this book

This lucid and captivating book takes the reader back to the early history of all the sciences, starting from antiquity and ending roughly at the time of Newton — covering the period which can legitimately be called the “dawn” of the sciences. Each of the 24 chapters focuses on a particular and significant development in the evolution of science, and is connected in a coherent way to the others to yield a smooth, continuous narrative. The at-a-glance diagrams showing the “When” and “Where” give a brief summary of what was happening at the time, thereby providing the broader context of the scientific events highlighted in that chapter. Embellished with colourful photographs and illustrations, and “boxed” highlights scattered throughout the text, this book is a must-read for everyone interested in the history of science, and how it shaped our world today.


About the authors

Prof. Thanu Padmanabhan, a gifted theoretical physicist and cosmologist, is currently a Distinguished Professor at IUCAA, Pune, India. An internationally acclaimed researcher and teacher, he has published nearly 300 technical papers and authored eleven books which have made significant impact. His research has won prizes seven times in recent years from the Gravity Research Foundation, USA including the First Award in 2008. He was the Chairman of the IUPAP Astrophysics Commission (2011-14), the President of the IAU Cosmology Commission (2009-12) and a Sackler Distinguished Astronomer of Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. He has received numerous national and international awards including the Padma Shri, the presidential medal of honor in India.

Dr. Vasanthi Padmanabhan obtained her Ph.D in astrophysics from TIFR, Mumbai working in the field of dark matter and structure formation in the universe, establishing constraints on decaying dark matter scenarios. An expert in scientific computing, writing and production, she has been actively involved with the end-to-end editing and formatting of the books authored by her spouse, Thanu Padmanabhan, over several decades, including the preparation of most of their technical and scientific figures. She is keenly interested in the history of science.


Table of contents (24 chapters)

Table of contents (24 chapters)
  • In the Beginning …

    Pages 1-9

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  • The Athenian Contribution

    Pages 11-19

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  • From the Ishango Bone to Euclid

    Pages 21-30

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  • Archimedes — the Giant Among the Ancients

    Pages 31-42

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  • The Healing Art and Its Science

    Pages 43-51

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Buy this book

eBook 27,36 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-17509-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 34,31 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-17508-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dawn of Science
Book Subtitle
Glimpses from History for the Curious Mind
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-17509-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-17509-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-17508-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 286
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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