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By Richard Hamblyn

Strong technology isn't inevitably a publication approximately nice clinical theories, advanced equations, or grand previous males (or girls) of their laboratories; as a substitute, it’s concerning the locations we draw our thought from; it’s approximately day-by-day workouts and unexpected flashes of perception; approximately commitment, and – occasionally – desperation; and the small moments, questions, quests, clashes, doubts and delights that make us human. From Galileo to Lewis Carroll, from Humphry Davy to Charles Darwin, from Marie Curie to Stephen Jay Gould, from rust to snowflakes, from the 1st use of the be aware ‘scientist’ to the 1st laptop, from why the ocean is salty to Newtonian physics ‘for women’, sturdy technology is a ebook approximately humans, instead of scientists according to se, and as such, it’s a booklet approximately politics, ardour and poetry. certainly, although, it’s a publication in regards to the sturdy that technology can – and does – do.Review'Relaxed, sunny and domesticated ... the technological know-how emerges certainly, and reflectively from our general international' mum or dad 'The artwork of technological know-how showcases not just readable translations of key clinical rules yet situates these principles of their cultural and historic context' self sustaining in regards to the AuthorRichard Hamblyn is the writer of the discovery of Clouds, which received the 2002 l. a. instances publication Prize and was once shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, Terra: stories of the Earth, a examine of typical mess ups, info Soliloquies, co-written with the electronic artist Martin John Callanan, and The Cloud booklet, released in organization with the Met place of work. He teaches inventive writing at Birkbeck collage, college of London.

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This happens when the ocean waters rise over the lands, deposit their sediments, and at last withdraw, leaving over the continent another layer of sedimentary rocks. These contain some of the water and salts of the sea. But it is only a temporary loan of minerals to the land and the return payment begins at once by way of the old, familiar channels – rain, erosion, run-off to the rivers, transport to the sea. Sources: Aristotle, Meteorologica, trans. E. W. Webster (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1931), 356a–357b [Bk.

Commentary on the Odyssey, Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 3710) We are indebted to old Thales for many discoveries and for this theorem in particular: he is said to have been the first to have recognized and stated that in every isosceles triangle the angles at the base are equal, and to have called the equal angles ‘similar’ in the archaic style. (Proclus, Commentary on Euclid) Anaximander of Miletus (c. 610–540 BC) Anaximander was a pupil of Thales . . He said that a certain nature, the limitless, is the principle of the things which exist.

The Texts of Early Greek Philosophy: The Complete Fragments and Selected Testimonies of the Major Presocratics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010). ’ was a simple question that nevertheless puzzled ancient philosophers, who offered a variety of competing answers, from Democritus’s suggestion that the oceans have shrunk and thereby become more concentrated, to Empedocles’s crude bodily analogy of the sea as the sweat of the earth. Aristotle In this survey of the subject from his Meteorologica (c.

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