By John Gribbin, Mary Gribbin
Approximately we all know the names of the nice scientists, yet how many folks understand something approximately their paintings, not to mention their inner most lives? during this easy-to-read sequence, eminent technology writers John and Mary Gribbin examine the lives and paintings of 8 significant scientists; each one e-book is out there adequate to be learn for enjoyable yet informative adequate to attract scholars of technology. the long-lasting Albert Einstein emerges as a speeding women' guy and the best scientist of his time; yet why did Charles Darwin watch for a long time sooner than going public together with his rules on evolution? How was once Marie Curie's nice paintings formed via her early life reports of oppression lower than the Czars? And what used to be Edmond Halley, of comet repute, doing as Captain of a King's send and later secret agent for the Crown? We meet a bookbinder's apprentice, an vague monk, a Victorian gentleman--eventually well-known scientists all. An creation and afterword locations each one scientist's paintings within the context of the improvement in their topic, yet according to their precise worthy, now not unavoidably in response to their position in well known mythology. enticing, stimulating, and instructive
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There were many drugs and diseases that retained their Greek names, so that medical terminology really consisted of Arabic with a large admixture of Greek, Syriac and Persian. These physician-philosophers, for whom medicine was a profession and philosophy an intellectual pastime, were numerous and scattered all over the Islamic world, a number of them in Persia and Transoxiana. Usually trained in Baghdad, they were held everywhere in high esteem, and treated with great respect by rulers and kings even when of foreign extraction or of a different faith.
Browne. Cf. im: The Life and Times of Sultan Mahmud of Gha^na. 42 years PERSIA IN THE TENTH CENTURY until, as with all the others, rapid decay set in. One tant effects of this dynasty upon literature was that use of the Persian language far towards the East, of the imporit carried the and was for sole patron. many years continued to be the centre of Islamic culture in the Baghdad its tenth century, but the enthusiasm for the new learning for such indeed was Greek science and philosophy was waning.
Both Avicenna and of the Brethren of Purity. p. 40) stresses that in the habit of reading the Epistles 58 his father were LIFE he felt to join AND WORKS OF AVICENNA he could not assent to their arguments. They asked him them in their discussions on philosophy, geometry and Indian arithmetic; but he does not say if he ever responded to the invitation. He was sent to a certain grocer who was in the habit of using that form of calculation to learn Indian arithmetic; same time he was studying Muslim jurisprudence by and himself, visiting an old ascetic from whom he learnt the methods of religious argumentation.