A Short History of Science

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CHAPTER I
PAGE
EARLY CIVILIZATIONS1
The Antiquity and Ancestry of Man -- Archæology -- Prehistoric Man -- The Science of Mankind, Anthropology -- Primitive Interpretations of Nature -- Prevalence of Animism in Antiquity -- Sources of Information Concerning Prehistoric and Ancient Times -- Some Ancient Lands and Peoples -- Babylonia and Assyria -- Egypt -- Phœnicia -- The Hebrews -- The Emergence of European Civilization -- Ægean Civilization in the Bronze Age -- The Iron Age; The Greeks or Hellenes.
CHAPTER II
EARLY MATHEMATICAL SCIENCE IN BABYLONIA AND EGYPT20
Primitive Astronomical Notions -- The Planets -- Astrology and Cosmology -- Primitive Counting -- Primitive Geometry -- Relation of Greek to Older Civilizations -- Babylonian Arithmetic -- Babylonian Astronomy -- Babylonian Geometry -- Mathematical Science in Egypt -- The Ahmes Papyrus -- Egyptian Land Measurement -- Egyptian Geometry.
CHAPTER III
THE BEGINNINGS OF SCIENCE35
Geographical Boundaries -- Indebtedness of Greece to Babylonia and Egypt -- The Greek Point of View -- Sources -- The Calendar -- Time Measurement -- Greek Arithmetic -- Greek Geometry -- The Ionian Philosophers -- Thales -- Milesian Cosmology -- Anaximander -- Anaximenes -- Pythagoras and his School -- Pythagorean Arithmetic -- Pythagorean Geometry -- Pythagorean Physical Science -- Terrestrial Motion: Philolaus, Hicetas.
CHAPTER IV
SCIENCE IN THE GOLDEN AGE OF GREECE58
Literature and Art -- Parmenides -- Empedocles -- Anaxagoras -- The Atomists -- Democritus of Abdera -- The Beginnings of

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