To Explain the World

书名:To Explain the WorldTheDiscoveryofModernScience
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A masterful commentary on the history of science from the Greeks to modern times, by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg—a thought-provoking and important book by one of the most distinguished scientists and intellectuals of our time. In this rich, irreverent, and compelling history, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg takes us across centuries from ancient Miletus to medieval Baghdad and Oxford, from Plato’s Academy and the Museum of Alexandria to the cathedral school of Chartres and the Royal Society of London. He shows that the scientists of ancient and medieval times not only did not understand what we understand about the world—they did not understand what there is to understand, or how to understand it. Yet over the centuries, through the struggle to solve such mysteries as the curious backward movement of the planets and the rise and fall of the tides, the modern discipline of science eventually emerged. Along the way, Weinberg examines historic clashes and collaborations between science and the competing spheres of religion, technology, poetry, mathematics, and philosophy. An illuminating exploration of the way we consider and analyze the world around us, To Explain the World is a sweeping, ambitious account of how difficult it was to discover the goals and methods of modern science, and the impact of this discovery on human knowledge and development.


Steven Weinberg is a theoretical physicist and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, the National Medal of Science, the Lewis Thomas Prize for the Scientist as Poet, and numerous honorary degrees and other awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Science, the Royal Society of London, the American Philosophical Society, and other academies. A longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, he is the author of The First Three Minutes, Dreams of a Final Theory, Facing Up, and Lake Views, as well as leading treatises on theoretical physics. He holds the Josey Regental Chair in Science at the University of Texas at Austin.


@ 十月 Plato was ‘silly.’ Bacon ‘overrated.’ Galileo ‘behind the times.’ 论为什么科学家不能写历史。其实我一直觉得吴军写的数学和浪潮不错,但文明就不行。 @ clover 其实地上本没有路,走的人多了,也便成了路 @ 秋水无涯 您老爲何要寫這種無意義的書? @ 企鹅同志 从泰勒斯到牛顿 @ GW_Parables 我的最爱有2个..温伯格和丹齐格…给孩子们讲书…大家写的小书..优点是intellectual structure很清楚 现成的直接用。缺点是细节要自己fill the void..这个夏天太贫乏..自己搭讲义很累 @ GW_Parables 我的最爱有2个..温伯格和丹齐格…给孩子们讲书…大家写的小书..优点是intellectual structure很清楚 现成的直接用。缺点是细节要自己fill the void..这个夏天太贫乏..自己搭讲义很累 @ 忘川 Weinberg在这本书中主要用物理学史来说明推动物理学发展的并不是哲学,恰恰相反,哲学经常阻碍物理学的进度。是实验推动了物理学的进步,挑战了哲学,同时推动哲学的进步。 @ Cong 日课043 | 科学家对诗人有失恭敬 | 《给世界的答案》 @ [已注销] 多点吐槽少点描述性介绍就好了 @ 平生不会相思 Kind of boring.等待驾照路靠前读完的,论dmv效率之低下……难得一本看完之后没有什么印象的书,可能因为前人之述备矣,本书没什么创见的缘故吧。


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