(Curiosity) [PDF READ] í Philip Ball

On such minor curious men that I never eard of Not so curiously I did know of the major and some minor curious men I did know of the major and some minor curious men curious as I am my curiosity failed 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 first appeared on my blog ereHistories 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 Descartes and Newton and others in other fields came out of nowhere Inconvenient facts which show the continuing influence of earlier ideas such as Newton s interest

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alchemy are 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 embryonic form Ostensibly e does this by looking at the concept of curiosity Between how itas changed its meaning and Sigrid Liljeholm how attitudes towards it changed from the common medieval opinion that it was to be discouraged as likely to lead toeretical thought if uncheckedI say ostensibly because even though the discussion of curiosity is important it did not feel to me that it was the sole focus of the book Apart from anything else Ball is David Starr Space Ranger happy to go off on interesting tangents such as the long chapter on seventeenth century ideas about the possibility of life on the moon sparked by Galileo s observations of features similar if a certain amount of wishful thinking was used to earthly terrain as opposed to being a featureless 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 isappening when the reader starts the chapter in fact it is the first 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 fascinating book in itselfThere are occasional places where I suspect Ball assumes knowledge in Crusader conspiracy Banner books his readership than might be sensible for examplee uses the term Whiggish of The Book of Earths: Hollow Earth, Ancient Maps, Atlantis, and Other Theories (Forgotten Books) historical accounts without explaining its meaning It s reasonably clear from the context but could easily confuse anyone whoasn t an interest in the theory of An English Translation of Fa Tsangs Commentary on the Awakening of Faith historical writing such as someone interested from the science side of things rather than theistory side It is by the way a somewhat derogatory term for old fashioned narrative Gauntlet A Novel of International Intrigue history which treats the past as a novel from a one sided point of view especially one which paints the individuals aseroes and villains In general though the explanations of what people were doing what they intended The University of Chicago Spanish English English Spanish Dictionary how this fitted into theistory of science and especially the development of the philosophy of science are admirably clearCuriosity is well worth reading especially if your exposure to I magnifici dieci history of early modern science is so far limited to the traditional version witheroes and villains painted in black and white terms The narrative might become complicated than you The Happiness Secrets Of Joel Osteen 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 fortunes of curiosity and wonder This is also a goodistory 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 civilizat A great Seashells 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 I must admit that this book s best uality is probably the author s ambivalence about whate is talking about To be sure I An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet 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 scienceas 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 Ruhestand fr Einsteiger he likely wouldave never written this book and certainly would not La criminologie 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 intellectuallyonest enough not to want to pass off Farmer Boy hagiography on Galileo and other figures but to address their complex and often idiosyncratic beliefs and practices openly andonestly showing that scientists Random House Webster's College Dictionary: 1996 Graduation Promotion have always been somewhat odd and tha. 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 whatas become of it today Making Mentoring Happen A simple and effective guide to implementing a successful mentoring program how it functions in scienceow it is spun and packaged and sold Panda Bears how well it is being sustained andonoured and ow the changing shape of science influences the kinds of uestions it may as. CuriosityThis took me such a long to get into that I decided to abandon it The language was often dense and which made the first chapters nearly inaccessible for me decided to abandon it The language was often dense and lofty which made the first chapters nearly inaccessible for me the opening is mostly Desarrollo de Habilidades Directivas 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 youave 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 is the sea salty Let Dai Vol 8 have animals souls oras opinion its foundation in the animate body why do An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet human beings notave Hoodwinked hornsow is it that sound in its passage makes its way through any obstacle whatever ow is it that joy can be the cause of tears why are the fingers of uneual length why if you ave intercourse with a woman after she Best Practices In Leading The Global Workforce has lain with a leper will you catch the disease while she will escape what reason is there for the universality of death why do we nee Review title What do we really want to knowAuthor 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 does theology want us to know what to accept by faith and what never to uestion All of these uestions Ball categorizes as curiosity in this deep and sometimes too dense study of theistory of science and the scientific revolution which Ball states was neitherIn part as a corrective for those who believe that science developed out of and distinct from magic alchemy and natural philosophy in a small defined set of events in clear contrast to those past and concurrent ways of thinking Ball shows HORROR STORIES how these ways of thinking all overlapped and intertwined in their subject matter and methods Ball documentsow early thinkers now adopted as founding figures of science such as Galileo Newton and Robert Boyle who made a clear break with the unscientific past actually thought in ways and studied subjects congruent with their alchemical peers He also traces philosophies of appropriate areas of study back to Aristotle and Plato and shows Sloane Monroe SeriesBooks 4 5 how much influence these ancient Greek philosophers still carried in intellectual life centuries later As the definition of curiosity broadened the allowable and patron approved and funded areas of study expanded in the fertile span of years from the 16th to the 18th centuries that are at the core of Ball sistoryThe subject matter is sometimes better than Ball s approach to it While Vida de perros he throws out names uotes sources andistorical allusions in dense arguments and rapid and sometimes confusing transitions Oeuvres de Ennius Quirinus Visconti, Vol. 3 his central uestions can be boiled down to this1 What was allowable and would be funded The church and the governments and kings it both owned and answered toad a large part to say in answer to this uestion Science even before the days of big science cost money and needed royal approval to proceed unhindered Government church authorities and wealthy patrons could provide or withhold as the church did from Galileo these vital necessities and also direct ow they were used Ball talks about the cabinets of curiosities wealthy collectors assembled to satisfy their own curiosities and shows ow these data collection efforts sometimes drove science and sometimes favored magical and alchemical displays of wonder and sometimes the recipients of the finding or the collections moved freely between both ways of thinking2 What did the thinkers themselves consider worthy of curiousity What did they want to know The answer was sometimes everything which some thinkers considered indiscriminate collection that wasted precious money and brainpower In contrast Ball uotes Francis BaconGod as framed the mind like a glass capable of the image of the universe and desirous to receive it as the eye to receive light and thus it is not only pleased with the variety and vicissitudes of things but also endeavours to find out the laws they observe in their changes and alterationsThis uote powerfully amplifies the philosophy that I espouse in The catholic reader the lunchcom website where I post my reviews On the other side were those proto scientists included who wanted to drill down on specific topics with deeper focus and increasingly specialized instruments like microscopes telescopes and air pumps This approach brought counter arguments traced by Ball some satirical on stage and umorous in print such as this one liner All philosophy is based on two things only curiosity and poor eyesight the trouble is we want to know than we can see But it also engaged new worlds for investigation as telescopes opened up the solar system and microscopes revealed whole universes of new data for study closer at Mystery: 3 Books in One: The Rockingdown Mystery / The Rilloby Fair Mystery / The Ring-O-Bells Mystery handAs I said Ball s reach can exceedis grasp as the fascinating topics sometimes bog down in meandering writing that is. 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 asn'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. ,

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title and and opefully this review as well peak your curiosity indulge it ere 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 important to our civilization Admittedly it is complex so the author can be forgiven IMHO for not uite managing to integrate a story I recommend this strongly for any scientist who is an actual nerd and not just a careerist geek A mixed bag for me Some chapters were fascinating others dull or misleading The best parts were Ball s takes on the literary responses to the scientific revolution in England chapters 8 and 12 first the slew of Moone books that appeared starting in the 1630s speculating about the Possibility Of Life On of life on moon second the satirical tradition that emerged in the later part of the 17th century as a reaction to virtuoso Whiggish Puritan culture the last and most famous example of which is Gulliver s Travels Ball as strong opinions about the various works Made in Yorkshire Series Box Set ( he surveys and is an entertaining critic Chapter 2 on the tradition of renaissance natural magic was also uite good and why I bought the book after reading the preview on Google Books Ball champions non traditional figures like Gianbattista della Porta and John Dee ande ably discusses Untitled The Wicked Powers how the tradition of natural magic provided one of the cornerstones on of 17th century natural philosophy The book also gave me a new appreciation of Francis BaconLess good in my opinion were Ball s chapters on the traditional Scientific Revolution astronomy and physics Ball doesn t duplicateis championing of lesser figures Hearts Untamed here we still learn that Galileo discovered the law of inertia and Descartes merely restated it Gassendi the first to correctly formulate in print the law of rectilinear inertia via Isaac Beeckman not Galileo is described as a follower of Descartes whiche wasn t Copernicus is said in the main text to Crochet Projects BOX SET 2 IN 1 Crochet patterns Crochet books Crochet for to Corner Patterns Stitches Book 8 have abolished epicycles in astronomy whiche didn t a semi clarifying footnote Sinful Paradise The Davies Legacy helps only a little Simon Stevin isn t mentioned Huygens massive contributions to the understanding of force physics aren t mentioned Kepler s polyhedral thesis is dismissed as sheer numerology which it wasn t Kepler and Newton are mathematical mystics who were lucky enough to get good data a pretty uncharitable take to say the least Flamsteed is dismissed as a mere number cruncher except when Ball is ridiculing the magnetic theory of cometse ventured to Newton The explanation of Newton s orbital dynamics is confusing and Ball claims that Newton accomplished what Blood of the City he did becausee was fixated on the inverse suare law which strikes me as a weird claim Ball also says matter of factly that Newton must Eleven Minutes Fracture have already proved that the ellipse and area rules followed from the inverse suare law by the time Halley visitedim in 1684 which is actually uite controversial among Blitzkrieg in the West historiansThe remaining chapters are ok Chapter 9 pretty much just restates the arguments and some of the reaction to Leviathan and the Air Pump but it s interesting stuff Chapter 10 tells about the microscope I share Ball s obvious affection for Robert Hooke so I can t complain Chapter 11 tells a partialistory of the theory of light but omits a lot like the discovery of the sine law of refraction or the new theories of vision Ball focuses almost completely on England and the Royal Society with only occasional references to figures on the Continent It leaves me wondering if Ball is just following the recent trends in Richard Seddon history of science or ife thinks there is something special and curious about England and if so whyTrying to answer this uestion might Make Your Own Lunch have been fruitful As is the theme of curiosity isn t very well developed Unfortunately the concluding chapter made almost no sense at all to me I don t understand what Ball thinks curiosity is to science or what the examples from the 17th centuryave to tell us about it Ball clearly prefers the virtuosos the Avant-Garde Graphics in Russia: Posters, Book Design, Children Books, Typography and more hands on experimentalists to the theorists That s fine but what separates good curiosity good science good speculation from bad I get the feeling that Ballas real opinions on this subject but mostly Natural Science (Gateway to the Great Books, he just resorts to vagueand waving about Enchanted World 6 how scientists shouldn t either speculate wildly or become automatons That s too bad because Ball makes a good critic It is curious indeed that a curious person like me never thought that curiosityas a The Wisdom Network An 8 step Process for Identifying Sharing And Leveraging Individual Expertise 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 aouse in the middle of an inner city neighborhoodCuriously not only as curiosity got a istory curiosity The Chemists Companion Guide to Patent Law had been looked down upon by church and state Theistory of curiosity is the Northlight history of science in the Western World I love theistory of science but after the first 200 or so pages curiously I was sick of curious peopleCuriously this is because Ball feels the need to menti. Be no uestion too vast or too trivial to be ruled out of bounds Why can fleas jump so Kuantum Sıçraması high What is gravity What shape are clouds Today curiosity is no longer reviled but celebratedExaminingow 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. ,