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Anaximander: And the Nature of Science

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Anaximander celebrates the radical lack of certainty that defines the scientific quest for knowledge. By contrast, what Rovelli proposes is that Anaximander came up with a number of steps forward that were effectively foundational for the scientific method. He then goes on to discuss how, over the ages, society started to base knowledge on empirical evidence, rather than on the sayings of devine kings or ancient books.

I know it would not discredit his scientific inquiry or process and I trust Carlo Rovelli would agree. He makes a polemical case that the culture in which the Greek’s wisdom of doubt was nurtured contained, for the first time, all the elements necessary for scientific advance. Photograph: Lanmas/Alamy View image in fullscreen An engraving of Anaximander: ‘the first human to argue that rain was caused by the observable movements of air and the heat of the sun rather than the intervention of gods’.The rest of the book (about half of it) concentrates on what science is, the dangers of cultural relativism and understanding the world without gods. The first, Thales, one of the seven sages of ancient Greece, is often credited as the pioneer in applying deductive reasoning to geometry and astronomy; he used his mathematics, for example, to predict solar eclipses. In this formative book, published in English for the first time, he clearly senses Anaximander as a kindred spirit, though his claims for the Greek are based on scattered traces of evidence.

The next step Rovelli takes is to try to understand why 6th century BC Greece was pretty well the only such starting point. Essentially he claims that Anaximander was the first person who looked for explanations of natural events, rather than crediting spirits of one sort or another with such effects . Continued scientific inquiry will reveal those aspects of the theories provided by Einstein and Heisenberg that are absolute truth.He describes how the Greeks established that the Earth was not flat using a nearly identical scientific inquiry used by the Chinese to establish that the Earth was flat.

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