The Upright Thinkers

The Upright Thinkers

The Human Journey From Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

eBook - 2015
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A few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us. Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science. In the process, he presents a fascinating new look at the unique characteristics of our species and our society that helped propel us from stone tools to written language and through the birth of chemistry, biology, and modern physics to today's technological world. Along the way he explores the cultural conditions that influenced scientific thought through the ages and the colorful personalities of some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers: Galileo, who preferred painting and poetry to medicine and dropped out of university; Isaac Newton, who stuck needlelike bodkins into his eyes to better understand changes in...
Publisher: 2015.
ISBN: 9780307908247
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource ( pages)
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Mudita
May 19, 2017

I liked Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind much better.

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writermala
Aug 01, 2015

The subtitle of this book, "The Human Journey from Living in trees to Understanding the Cosmos," perhaps sums up the book. This book deals with archeology, anthropology, Physics - classical and Quantum, - Chemistry and Biology. It does so in as easy and conversational a way as possible given the complexity of the subject matter. Even so, Mlodinov himself says, if it all sounds horribly complicated it is because it is! At the end of this journey, i was left with an appreciation of the human mind and the mechanics of scientific inquiry, more than anything else. If you are of a curious bent of mind or if you just want to understand how you arrived where you are, this is the book for you.

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windcyclist
Jul 31, 2015

Leonard Mlodinow, wrote for the television series MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation, and provides the endeavors of the giants of science in a down-to-earth rapid rhapsody that is accurate & entertaining to anyone who enjoys mixing adventure and science. If science teachers would get excited we all might have absorbed a lasting science appreciation. Highly recommended for dreamers of all ages.

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