(PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball


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Philip Ball ð 2 Read Free read Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Philip Ball Read Curiosity There was a time when curiosity was condemned To be curious was to delve into matters that didn't concern you after all the original sin stemmed from a desire for forbidden knowledge Through curiosity our innocence was lostYet this hasn't deterred us Today we spend vast sums trying to recreate the first instants of creation in particle accelerators out of pure desire to know There seems now to. This took me such a long time to get into that I decided to abandon it The language was often dense and lofty which made the first chapters nearly inaccessible for me Plus the opening is mostly hair splitting about what the word curiosity meant in a variety of cultures contexts and languages So I was doing a lot of mental wandering and zoning out needing to back up and start pages paragraphs and sentences over Later on though when Ball finally gets to individual instances and players in the expansion of scientific literacy That s when this took off and became enjoyable But you have to sit through a lot of droning first and it never really clicked for me interest wise3 stars out of 5 Not my favorite Pop Science author by a long shot Australian Secrets expansion of scientific literacy That s when this took off and became Paperback Midnight enjoyable But you have to sit through a lot of droning first and it never really clicked for me interest wise3 stars out of 5 Not my favorite Pop Science author by a long shot

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Philip Ball ð 2 Read Free read Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Philip Ball Read Curiosity Be no uestion too vast or too trivial to be ruled out of bounds Why can fleas jump so high What is gravity What shape are clouds Today curiosity is no longer reviled but celebratedExamining how our inuisitive impulse first became sanctioned changing from a vice to a virtue Curiosity begins with the age when modern science began a time that spans the lives of Galileo and Isaac Newton It reveal. Curiosity was considered a vice in the middle ages and before It is a cardinal virtue in science these days It is a term of praise This book takes a look at the scientific revolution in the 17th century and charts the rising fortunes of curiosity and wonder This is also a good history of the scientific revolution with a large cast Galileo Kepler Newton Bacon Boyle Hooke Lippershays Pepys and almost every notable natural philosopher of the time This is a crucial period in Western civilization and ultimately world civilization We slowly formed from pre scientific superstition and scholasticism the beginings of the scientific world view Philip Ball keeps the story interesting by showing the relationships between these people as they hammered out the modern world

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Philip Ball ð 2 Read Free read Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Philip Ball Read Curiosity S a complex story in which the liberation and the taming of curiosity was linked to magic religion literature travel trade and empireBy examining the rise of curiosity we can ask what has become of it today how it functions in science how it is spun and packaged and sold how well it is being sustained and honoured and how the changing shape of science influences the kinds of uestions it may as. I must admit that this book s best uality is probably the author s ambivalence about what he is talking about To be sure I have a very different perspective on science and curiosity and their larger cultural matters and this book does a good job at reminding the reader if such a reminder is necessary that science has always carried with it a large amount of baggage relating to the larger culture and its own ideas and belief systems Had the author not been deeply interested in science he likely would have never written this book and certainly would not have adopted the standard scientific beliefs in evolution and the praise of Darwin and other figures that is to be assumed in such books as this Yet the author is intellectually honest enough not to want to pass off hagiography on Galileo and other figures but to address their complex and often idiosyncratic beliefs and practices openly and honestly showing that scientists have always been somewhat odd and that the scientific enterprise has always sat uneasily with related societal concerns about the value of curiosity on its own terms the desire for science to further useful aims and to serve the interests of power and the uestion of magic and religion as well as the negative relationship between science and social conservatismThis particular book is than 400 pages and begins with a preface which only hints at the rich detail about science and scientists that the book contains After that the author looks at the old uestions of the early modern period that related to ancient authorities and the hostility of ancient culture to curiosity 1 After that the author examines secret academies of hermetic studies 2 curiosity 3 as well as the ambivalent view of mankind s uest for knowledge and immoral freedom 4 The author discusses the ideal of the Renaissance polymath 5 as well as the expansion of knowledge that came from exploration 6 and the problem of cosmology 7 There are chapters on early science fiction related to space travel 8 the simultaneously free and bound nature of creation 9 and the early research on microscopes 10 Finally the author looks at research into optics 11 the view of scientists in popular culture at the time 12 and the way that curiosity became cold as scientists sought legitimacy for their research 13 after which the author includes a cast of characters notes a bibliography image credits and an indexThe author s ambivalence towards the larger culture and his awareness of the problematic nature of the scientific enterprise both in history and at present allowed me to better understand my own ambivalence to that scientific enterprise The author points out that the search for freedom of curiosity has often involved an interest in escaping sexual restraint and has pointed out that scientists have often presented themselves as privileged and unaccountable elites with esoteric knowledge that is difficult to replicate and that is inaccessible to common people Science s relationship with the exploitation of human and physical creation and the connection of curiosity to profit motives are also areas the author appears to be uncomfortable but also honest about All of this adds nuance to a history of curiosity s role in science that is deeply interesting and also deeply revealing As someone with a high view of teleology and a low view both of scientific pretensions as well as the aristocratic pretensions of foppish ignorance there are plenty of perspectives shown here that I can relate to And that ability to relate to the people of the past despite the fact that we live in a very different time ourselves that marks the real achievement of the author in presenting the humanity and complexity of past figures in the history of science that also reveals us to be less rational and less removed from the debates of the past than we would like to fancy ourselves We may not live in this past but the past lives in us


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    Read Curiosity (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball It is curious indeed that a curious person like me never thought that curiosity has a history I thought curiosity was someth

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball Philip Ball ð 2 Read Read Curiosity This took me such a long time to get into that I decided to abandon it The language was often dense and lofty which made the first chapters nearly inaccessible for me Plus the opening is mostly hair splitting about what the word curiosity meant in a variety of cultures contexts and languages So I was doing a lot of mental wandering and zon

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball This review first appeared on my blog hereHistories of what is known as the scientific revolution especially those who are writing for a popular audience tend to portray the development of modern science as something new a break from past thought about the world rather than a continuation of it It is as though despite Newton's oft uoted remark about the shoulders of giants the ideas of Copernicus Galileo Descar

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    Read Curiosity (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball Free read Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Philip Ball —why is the sea salty?—have animals souls or intelligence? —has opinion its foundation in the animate body? —why do human beings not have horns? —how is it that sound in its passage makes its way through any obstacle whatever? —how is it that joy can be the cause of tears? —why are the fingers of uneual length? —why if you have intercourse with a woman after she has lain with a leper will you catch the disease while she w

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    Free read Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Philip Ball (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball Philip Ball ð 2 Read Curiosity was considered a vice in the middle ages and before It is a cardinal virtue in science these days It

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball Review title What do we really want to know?Author Ball frames a fascinating subject what do we want to know? what should we want to know? what is and isn't appropriate to know? What does science want to know and why what

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball A great history of the so called scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries He examines the main characters and ideas in the revolution and their cultural context It's pretty academic in tone which is okay but it's far of a history book than a book about the evolution of curiosity There are sections on curiosity

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    Read Curiosity Philip Ball ð 2 Read Free read Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ð Philip Ball If ever there was a book I should give 5 to this is it Unfortunately it is superbly written from a syntax standpoint but totally unengaging If anything it is a 3 dB tougher read than Vom Kreig The subject is not only enthralling but critically

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    (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball I must admit that this book's best uality is probably the author's ambivalence about what he is talking about  To be sure I have a very different perspective on science and curiosity and their larger cultural matters and this book does a go

  10. says: Philip Ball ð 2 Read (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball

    (PDF/EPUB) [Curiosity] ´ Philip Ball A mixed bag for me Some chapters were fascinating others dull or misleading The best parts were Ball's takes on

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