By Isaac Asimov
During this remarkably thorough and completely soaking up booklet, Isaac Asimov lines the historical past of technology, from historic Egypt to the atomic age--through the lives and careers of teh women and men who made it. In 1,510 biographical sketches he provides a wealth of evidence and anecdotes that remove darkness from each one person's contribution to the realm of technological know-how. And through arranging the entries chronologically, he exhibits in addition the interactions one of the quite a few members and one of the a variety of brances of technology. From Imhotep to Neil Armstrong, from Cleveland Abbe to Vladimir Zworykin, Asimov captures the massive scope and human drama of medical discovery in a booklet that makes a useful reference--and attention-grabbing studying.
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It was the last stronghold of paganism in a Christian world. Plato’s philosophy, even after that date, maintained a strong influence on the thinking of the Christian Church throughout the early Middle Ages. It was 16 ARCHYTAS  not until the thirteenth century that the views of Aristotle  gained domi nance. c . c . Archytas was a Pythagorean who lived in Tarentum when it was the last re maining center of Pythagoreanism. c . to per suade the Greek cities to unite against the increasing strength of the non-Greek world.
In fact the Eleatics at tempted to demonstrate that by reason they could show that the message of the senses must be ignored. Zeno presented the Greek thinkers with four famous paradoxes, all of which seemed to disprove the possibility of mo tion as it was sensed. Tlie best known is that of Achilles and the tortoise. Suppose Achilles can ran ten times as fast as a tortoise and the tortoise has a ten-yard head start. It follows then that Achilles can never overtake the tortoise because while he covers the ten yards’ difference, the tortoise will have moved ahead one yard.
C. on charges of atheism and treason—and, it seems, cor HIPPOCRATES [22 ] ruption of the young. Both charges were, in a sense, justified. He certainly did not believe in the Greek gods according to the ancient fashion (few of the Greek intellectuals of the time did). As for treason, he never approved of the Athe nian democracy and several of his favor ite pupils, notably Alcibiades and Critias, proved to be active traitors. Others, such as Xenophon and Plato, were an tidemocratic and pro-Spartan.