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  • And the Birth of Science
  • Written by: Carlo Rovelli
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
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Anaximander

Written by: Carlo Rovelli
Narrated by: Roy McMillan
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Publisher's Summary

The bestselling author of Seven Brief Lessons on Physics illuminates the nature of science through the revolutionary ideas of the Greek philosopher Anaximander

Over two millennia ago, the prescient insights of Anaximander paved the way for cosmology, physics, geography, meteorology, and biology, setting in motion a new way of seeing the world. His legacy includes the revolutionary ideas that the Earth floats in a void, that animals evolved, that the world can be understood in natural rather than supernatural terms, and that universal laws govern all phenomena. He introduced a new mode of rational thinking with an openness to uncertainty and the progress of knowledge.

In this elegant work, the renowned theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli brings to light the importance of Anaximander’s overlooked influence on modern science. He examines Anaximander not from the point of view of a historian or as an expert in Greek philosophy, but as a scientist interested in the deep nature of scientific thinking, which Rovelli locates in the critical and rebellious ability to reimagine the world again and again. Anaximander celebrates the radical lack of certainty that defines the scientific quest for knowledge.

* This audiobook includes a downloadable PDF of maps, landmarks, artifacts, and some of the earliest antiquities found and documented from ancient times.

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©2023 Carlo Rovelli (P)2023 Penguin Audio
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What the critics say

“Solid insights into the foundations of science...as usual, Rovelli communicates his ideas with clarity and verve.” —Kirkus

“An insightful survey of the scientific contributions of Greek philosopher Anaximander...Rovelli makes the most of the available evidence in building his case that the philosopher’s emphasis on natural causes marked a sea change in human thought. This is a masterful overview of a pivotal figure in scientific history.” —Publisher's Weekly

“What [Rovelli] has to say about the Greek philosopher Anaximander from the 6th century BC is fascinating… by the end of the book I was convinced.” —Popular Science

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anaximanders legacy

astonishing breakdown of someone most haven't heard of yet everyone needs to know of. essentially the maker of the modern mind.

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More than just a science book. Carlo Rovelli's philosophy of life is comparable to his knowledge of physics.

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