The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science

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In this study Arun Bala challenges Eurocentric conceptions of the history of science by showing how Asian ideas in philosophy, mathematics, cosmology, and physics crucially shaped the birth of modern science in Europe. He traces in meticulous detail the contributions of Chinese mechanical inventions and cosmological views, Indian computational techniques and atomic hypotheses, and Arabic planetary and optical theories, as they combined with ancient Greek ideas to generate modern science. At a time when Asian cultures are seeking the secret of scientific creativity in the West, this study forces us to ask a different question: What can we discover from Asia's creative past that can point the way to its creative future?

Co-publication: Palgrave Publishers Ltd

Palgrave Publishers Ltd


The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science [Whole Publication]
Preliminary pages
1. Introduction
2. Why Did Modern Science Not Develop in Civilization X?
3. The Eurocentric History of Science
4. Multicultural Histories of Science
5. Toward a Thematic Approach to Multicultural History
6. What Made the Renaissance in Europe?
7. The Narrow Copernican Revolution
8. The Alhazen Optical Revolution
9. The Modern Atomic Revolution
10. Integrating Hellenic and Indian Traditions
11. Universal Mathematical Laws in a Mechanical Universe
12. Fusing Solar and Stellar Cosmologies
13. The Wider Copernican Revolution
14. Contrasting Competitive Plausibility
Name Index
Subject Index

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