The First Scientist by Carlo Rovelli

The First Scientist

“Marvelous. . . . A wonderful book.”—Humana.Mente“Rovelli is the dream author to conduct us on this journey.”—Nonfiction.fr“At this point in time, when the prestige of science is at a low and even simple issues like climate change are mired in controversy, Carlo Rovelli gives us a necessary reflection on what science is, and where it comes from. Rovelli is a deeply original thinker, so it is not surprising that he has novel views on...


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TitleThe First Scientist
ISBN9781594161315
Author
Release DateAug 10th, 2011
PublisherWestholme Publishing
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience, History, Philosophy, Nonfiction, Physics, History Of Science
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  • Manny
    2013-06-15
    The premise of this short book seemed unpromising: a physicist with no formal training in classics or history was apparently claiming that Anaximander, a Greek philosopher about whom almost nothing is known, is the spiritual father of modern science. But, in the event, it was much better than I'd expected. Rovelli is certainly not a historian, but he appears to know Latin and Greek, has read widely, and had enough interesting things to say that h...
  • Maria Rita
    2014-09-28
    Si fa sempre più chiaro che i buoni scienziati riescono a parlare della storia della cultura infinitamente meglio dei cosiddetti umanisti. La conoscono fin nei più reconditi accessi e ne sono dei grandi estimatori. Mi vengono in mente per esempio oltre a Carlo Revelli, parlando di italiani viventi, Edoardo Boncinelli e Piergiorgio Odifreddi. Attraverso le loro parole si intravvede una sorta di cartone dell'affresco rappresentato da noi, dalle n...
  • Juxhin Deliu
    2018-02-06
    Tra tutte le rivoluzioni scientifiche che hanno caratterizzato la storia, il noto fisico teorico ci illumina la figura del filosofo pre-socratico Anassimandro, a sua detta il primo vero scienzato. Le sue intuizioni cosmologiche e non (soprattutto la visione della terra come un masso sferico sospeso nel vuoto e il ciclo dell'acqua), per quanto oggi risultino elementari, erano d'avanguardia per l'epoca e addirittura per il millennio a venire, sopra...
  • Meltem Sağlam
    2016-12-09
    Çok etkilendim. Okumanızı şiddetle tavsiye ederim.
  • Kyle Bunkers
    2017-03-02
    I'm not really sure what I was expecting when I ordered this book. I knew that Anaximander has few surviving writings (all of which are either quotes from more recent authors or a couple phrases here or there). What I got was an interesting exploration of science by a scientist as well as an informed history of Anaximander.I primarily was expecting a good explanation of the history of Anaximander, and Rovelli does a great job of explaining what w...
  • Gina Scioscia
    2012-11-19
    A slim but interesting volume on the history of scientific thinking. Rovelli awards Anaximander the laurels of first scientist not because of a body of work, but because he was among the first thinkers to try and understand the world without recourse to gods. Rovelli states, "Contrary to a common image, scientific thinking is never established: it is constantly subversive, visionary, and evolutionary. The aspect of science that I seek to illumina...
  • M. J.
    2012-01-06
    Good history of history of science. Anaximander was an original thinker who attributed thunder and rain to natural causes instead of to Zeus. Unlike some religions, science is based on physical evidence and its conclusions are always subject to change in view of new discoveries. Rovelli states, "Anaximander embodies a step in this process of freeing ourselves from ancient forms of thought."
  • Emanuela
    2018-02-26
    Dopo Sette brevi lezioni di Fisica e L'ordine del tempo, anche questo libro merita la mia ammirazione per la capacità di questo intellettuale di riuscire così bene a divulgare problematiche complesse. Non c'è una semplificazione dei concetti, che rimangono impegnativi, ma è l'uso della lingua comune declinata su ambiti specifici, ma non settoriali ed esclusivi, a rendere la lettura fluida e comprensibile.Il contenuto riguarda soprattutto la f...
  • James F
    2018-07-21
    Rovelli, a contemporary physicist, uses the accomplishments of Anaximander of Miletus, the pre-Socratic thinker who is credited with writing the first prose work and whom Rovelli describes as the first scientist, as a springboard for meditations on the nature of science and its history. The book is well-written, and although Rovelli is not a historian or philosopher of science I didn't find anything which was obviously wrong, as I often do with b...
  • Angian
    2017-06-04
    Una breve opera divulgativa di Carlo Rovelli, il fisico autore del best-seller "Sette brevi lezioni di fisica".Questo libro è precedente, del 2012.Si parte da quello che l'autore considera il primo scienziato ante-litteram, Anassimandro, per allargarsi ad una riflessione più ampia sul ruolo della scienza e del pensiero critico.Anassimandro è uno dei filosofi pre-socratici, che spesso scivola anonimo tra le prime lezioni di filosofia al liceo. ...
  • Sabina
    2017-06-04
    Carlo Rovelli è uno scienziato, un fisico che si occupa di alcuni dei temi più interessanti e a me cari. Avevo già letto il suo best seller Sette brevi lezioni di fisica, trovato piacevolissimo, benché leggermente sovrastimato. Questo libro, invece, mi è stato consigliato da ben due colleghi, uno di fisica e uno di filosofia, i quali pensavano giustamente che sarei stata affascinata dal percorso qui disegnato, poiché prende le mosse dal fil...
  • Tuco
    2017-11-03
    In “Che cos’è la scienza: la rivoluzione di Anassimandro” Carlo Rovelli, fisico teorico divenuto famoso come divulgatore grazie a best sellers come “Sette brevi lezioni di fisica” e il recente “L’ordine del tempo”, si focalizza sull’origine del pensiero scientifico per come lo intendiamo noi oggi e in particolare ci porta a riscoprire un personaggio a lungo, e ingiustamente, sottovalutato: Anassimandro. Discepolo di Talete, Ana...
  • Mangoo
    2016-01-01
    Dal secolo scorso in particolare la pratica della scienza si accompagna a una cospicua riflessione su cosa la scienza sia, come vada fatta e quale sia la natura della conoscenza che la scienza puó fornire.Rovelli parla di scienza da scienziato impegnato a coniugare la teoria quantistica dei campi con la relativitá generale. Difende la scienza come la miglior fonte di conoscenza di cui disponiamo, e ció nonostante il sapere fornito dalla scienz...
  • Doctor Moss
    2018-03-02
    It’s hard to make an assessment of this book. On its face, it seems to be a historical study of the place of Anaximander in the development of modern science. And, for the first half of the book, it really is that. But from there, Rovelli takes off into a much more loosely bound discussion of truth, reality, relativism, religion, language, and the fate of the world.I’ll start with Anaximander. It’s a cliche that history is told by the winne...
  • Bonnie_blu
    2012-02-01
    Ionian Greece in general and Anaximander in particular discovered and developed the scientific method. Rovelli's book traces the evolution of Anaximander's thought to how science is done today and makes it clear that without his brilliance, scientific progress would have been seriously affected. It was amazing to me that Anaximander alone investigated natural phenomena without involving the gods or supernatural action. He insisted that there was ...
  • Bruce
    2013-02-23
    After having read Curiosity, I have now formulated the hyothesis that scientists who can write for non-sciientists are as rare as chickens with teeth. I expected a philosophy and history story, or a dry scholarly tome. Unfortunately what I got was a philosophy and history dry telling coupled with an energetic monologue on what is wrong with religion and society. The latter is at once distasteful and the only saving grace of the book. The only thi...
  • Michele Pinto
    2017-11-12
    Splendido sia per chi ama la filosofia greca: scoprirà l'incredibile figura di Anassimandro, che per chi si chiede cosa sia la scienza e si chiede la ragione del diffondersi di tanto antiscientismo.
  • James
    2017-02-20
    Excellent book written by a scientist expressing his admiration for a fairly mysterious figure from Ancient Greece. The book explores what little is known about Anaximander, and goes into great detail about his theories, models and open-mindedness. The book contains illustrations of Anaximander's attempt at a world-map, and of his attempt at modelling the universe, and gives readers a very good idea of what Anaximander thought and why.Despite the...
  • Voss
    2016-04-12
    Entusiasmante. Cos'è la scienza, come nasce, il suo legame con la democrazia e l'alfabeto fonetico. La Grecia madre della scienza, dell'Europa e dell' Occidente inteso come civiltà. La convivenza di scienza e religione. Il trionfo dell'incertezza, del dubbio, del confronto, del'amaro studiare e correggere i propri maestri. Senza toni messianici, affermazioni dogmatiche, verità assolute.Che meraviglia!Tutta un'altra cosa rispetto ai toni furios...
  • Kerry
    2013-11-04
    I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it. The title might mislead a bit in that the book is not an exclusive history of Anaximander. It does say and His Legacy. But I've to admit I expected more of a biography or history. Still, If you are interested in topics that orbit the history of science or if you enjoy reading any of Richard Dawkin's books you will likely find this book illuminating too. By looking at culture through the filter of 2700...
  • David Kessler
    2016-08-18
    What was the birth of science and where might it have started and what culture supported this type of thinking? This book establishes a credible amount of information to support it started in Ionia at 6BCE. And in the middle of it was Anaximander. A great book.
  • Jay Young
    2017-04-22
    Engrossing historyNot the most flowy prose ever (possibly a consequence of translation?) but a great, interesting read nonetheless. Truly an important perspective on the world.
  • G.R. Reader
    2013-11-04
    Come off it Carlo, who do you think you're kidding?
  • Gregg Zwillling MD
    2017-03-19
    Good intro to Ancient History, & a clear and concise review of where we r now $ how far we have come
  • Matt Heavner
    2018-12-25
    A fantastic review of ancient history, scientific history, intellectual history, and an important (and even more timely than when it was first published in 2007) reminder for us all! "Civilizations flourish when they mingle. The decline in isolation.""Cultural 'purity' is invoked even today only by the least-intelligent citizens, terrified by the arrival of peoples different from them.""Each time that we - as a nation, a group, a continent, or a ...
  • Raymonds009
    2018-02-20
    It is hard to overemphasize the importance of this book in the history of science. Here is a cogent explanation of why the Greeks were so important to the foundation of science. This book turns the whole narrative of what happened to our worldview and the worldview of every civilization that left its mark on our progress of looking at the heavens and the world around us. There is simply too much to cover in a small framework like this.No matter y...
  • Sarah
    2018-07-12
    I was initially disappointed at the lack of biographical information in what I was expecting to be a biography. Then I realized it wasn't a biography at all, but the exquisite use of a man's life as a launching point for an eloquent and witty treatise on the history and philosophy of science. I would gladly read anything Rovelli has written.
  • Iván Ferreira
    2018-09-21
    Una fluida interpretación del nacimiento del pensamiento científico y del declive del pensamiento mitológico-religioso; un recordatorio que estar abierto al diálogo es la base de un pensamiento y una sociedad saludable.
  • Dario Salvi
    2018-09-30
    very clear, nicely explained. Rovelli uses the excuse to show Anaximander's philosophy to actually teach us a bit of philosophy of science.