Curiosity (E–book/E–pub) ↠ Philip Ball
Read é PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Philip BallGiography on Galileo and other igures 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 Sono with Visits from the Seventh for science tourther useful aims and to "the desire Remarkable Creatures for science tourther useful aims and to 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 or knowledge and immoral reedom 4 The author discusses the ideal of the Renaissance polymath 5 as well as the expansion of knowledge that came Heroes Adrift (Hero, from exploration 6 and the problem of cosmology 7 There are chapters on early scienceiction related to space travel 8 the simultaneously Chuck and Danielle 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 legitimacyor 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 Escaping the Endless Adolescence: How We Can Help Our Teenagers Grow Up Before They Grow Old forreedom 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 Dogs Behaving Badly: An A-Z Guide to Understanding and Curing Behavorial Problems in Dogs 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 theact 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 Gray Bishop figures in the history of *science that also reveals us to be less rational and lessrom *that also reveals us to be less rational and less removed Puckster's First Hockey Sweater from debates the past than we would like toancy ourselves We may not live in this past but the past lives in us. 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 unctions 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. .
Y clear rom the context but could easily confuse anyone who hasn t an interest in the theory of historical writing such as someone interested Liar from the science side of things rather than the history side It is by the way a somewhat derogatory termor old Noir fashioned narrative history which treats the past as a novelrom a one sided point of view especially one which paints the individuals as heroes and villains In general though the explanations of what people were doing what they intended how this Renovate: Changing Who You Are by Loving Where You Are fitted into the history of science and especially the development of the philosophy of science are admirably clearCuriosity is well worth reading especially if your exposure to history of early modern science is soar limited to the traditional version with heroes and villains painted in black and white terms The narrative might become complicated than you had previously thought but then the real world is like that 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 ortunes of curiosity and wonder This
is also a good history of the scientific revolution with a large cast Galileo Kepler Newtonalso a good history of the scientific revolution with a large cast Galileo Kepler Newton 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 ormed rom 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 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 whichand their cultural context It s pretty academic in tone which okay but it s ar of a history book than a book about the evolution of curiosity There are sections on curiosity how it went Lone Star Justice: The First Century of the Texas Rangers from being sacrilegious to being necessaryor the learning about the world around us But I guess it was heavier with history and philosophical debate than I was expecting rom the editorial summary I still learned a lot and am glad I read it but it was tough to slog through it even or me and I m pretty patient with boring science history stuff 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 *of Darwin and A Chicken in Every Yard: The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping figures that is to be assumed in such books as this Yet the author is intellectually honest enough not to want to pass off ha. Be no uestion too vast or too trivial to be ruled out of bounds Why canleas jump so high What is gravity What shape are clouds Today curiosity is no longer reviled but celebratedExamining how our inuisitive impulse Island of the Lost Horses (Dora and Friends) first became sanctioned changingrom 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. It is curious indeed that a curious person like me never thought that curiosity has a history I thought curiosity was something we re born with Indeed even my dogs are curious as were the racoon babies peering at us as we walked by their nest in the porch of a house in the middle of an inner city neighborhoodCuriously not *ONLY HAS CURIOSITY GOT A HISTORY CURIOSITY HAD BEEN *has curiosity got a history curiosity had been down upon by church and state The history of curiosity is the history of science in the Western World I love the history of science but after the irst 200 or so pages curiously I was sick of curious peopleCuriously this is because Ball God Said, Ha!: A Memoir feels the need to mention such minor curious men that I never heard of Not so curiously I did know of the major and some minor curious men However curious as I am my curiosityailed me as the list of curious thinkers grew and the objects of their curiosity became curiously trivial In short this is well researched and well written but ultimately boring This review irst appeared on my blog hereHistories of what is known as the scientific revolution especially those who are writing or a popular audience tend to portray the development of modern science as something new a break On the Right Side of a Dream 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 Descartes and Newton and others in otherields came out of nowhere Inconvenient Rise and Shine: Encouragement to Start Your Day facts which show the continuing influence of earlier ideas such as Newton s interest in alchemy are left out or mentioned in passing in an embarrassed mannerThe purpose of Ball s book is to show something of the continuous nature of the development of the philosophical ideas which led to the seventeenth century appearance of modern science in embryonicorm Ostensibly he does this by looking at the concept of curiosity how it has changed its meaning and how attitudes towards it changed Operation Iceberg : The Invasion and Conquest of Okinawa in World War II from the common medieval opinion that it was to be discouraged as likely to lead to heretical thought if uncheckedI say ostensibly because even though the discussion of curiosity is important it did noteel to me that it was the sole Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq focus of the book Apartrom anything else Ball
Is Happy To Go Off On Interestinghappy to go off on interesting such as the long chapter on seventeenth century ideas about the possibility of life on the moon sparked by Galileo s observations of eatures similar if a certain amount of wishful thinking was used to earthly terrain as opposed to being a eatureless perfect sphere and by the ensuing publication of Kepler s novel Somnium The Dream or Posthumous Work on Lunar Astronomy At least it seems like that is what is happening when the reader starts the chapter in act it is the irst of a series of what are basically case studies examination of some of the popular scientific crazes of the seventeenth century a theme which would make a ascinating book in itselfThere are occasional places where I suspect Ball assumes knowledge in his readership than might be sensible or example he uses the term Whiggish of historical accounts without explaining its meaning It s reasonabl. 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 rom a desire What Every American Should Know About the Rest of the World fororbidden knowledge Through curiosity our innocence was lostYet this hasn't deterred us Today we spend vast sums trying to recreate the I Got a New Friend first instants of creation in particle accelerators out of pure desire to know There seems now to.