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The Dawn of Science

Glimpses from History for the Curious Mind

Benefits

  • 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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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 1-9
  3. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 11-19
  4. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 21-30
  5. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 31-42
  6. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 43-51
  7. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 53-67
  8. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 69-78
  9. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 79-88
  10. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 89-104
  11. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 105-116
  12. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 117-126
  13. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 127-136
  14. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 137-150
  15. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 151-160
  16. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 161-170
  17. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 171-181
  18. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 183-191
  19. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 193-204
  20. Thanu Padmanabhan, Vasanthi Padmanabhan
    Pages 205-212

About this book

Introduction

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.

Keywords

Early scientific thought First steps in science Science in Ancient Greece History of science Science in the ancient Arab world Scientist-philosophers in classical antiquity Key developments in history of science Essays on science history Evolution of scientific worldview Revolutions in science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Pune University CampusIUCAAPuneIndia
  2. 2.Pune University CampusIUCAAPuneIndia

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.


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Reviews

“This book will be enjoyed by any curious reader interested in science and its development. It might also be used as a textbook for introduction to, and teaching of, history of science to high school seniors or first year university students. … It is well balanced, clearly written, lavishly illustrated, and lists judiciously selected major bibliographical reference on all topics in order to guide interested readers to pursue their own itinerary through the imaginary museum created here.” (Alain Touwaide, Doody’s Book Reviews, April 3, 2020)