: Lost Discoveries: The Multicultural Roots of Modern Science from the Babylonians to the Maya (Audible Audio Edition): Dick Teresi, Peter Johnson . Lost Discoveries has ratings and 33 reviews. conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins. Lost Discoveries, Dick Teresi’s innovative history of science, explores the unheralded scientific breakthroughs from peoples of the ancient world.

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Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science–from the Babylonians to the Maya

Aug 19, Kate rated it really liked it. The ancient Greeks gave copious credit to the earlier Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations for their thoughts in mathematics, loost, physics, and other fields. This has been my “read before sleeping” book for the last 6 weeks.

This innovative history proves once and for all that the roots of modern science were established centuries, and in some instances millennia, before the births of Copernicus, Galileo, and Newton. His writing style is wanting, too. It’s this bias that makes me all the more suspicious of the assertions in ‘Carnage’. I like to “read up”. The facts of the hard sciences are universal and don’t belong to a single culture.

Leon Lederman Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics and coauthor of The God Particle Wow, Teresi’s Lost Discoveries is a romp through disccoveries history discoberies mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, physics, geology, chemistry, and technology. However, the East China, in particular were much better with science, exploration and invention than the West has ever been.

The Medieval Europeans knew that much of their sciences were coming from the Islamic world, not just left over from Greece and Lots. Books by Dick Teresi. Chinese and Arab scholars were the first to use fossils scientifically to trace discpveries history.

This innovative history proves once and for all that the roots of modern science were established centuries, and in some instances millennia, before the Boldly challenging conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins of contemporary science back to their ancient roots in an eye-opening account and landmark work.


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In the East, they’d been printing books, albeit differently, almost a thousand years before Lpst. Paperbackpages. Other editions – View all Lost Discoveries: May 23, Susan Slack rated it liked it.

I personally thought one of the most interesting, at least to read, chapters was the chapter on Cosmology, as I am fascinated by creation stories from different cultures.

This book challenges the notion that the scientific method sprang fully-formed from Greek western civilization from a man who started with exactly that premise before starting his research. Iron suspension bridges came from Kashmir, printing from India; papermaking was from China, Tibet, India, and Baghdad; movable type was invented by Pi Sheng in about ; the Quechuan Indians of Peru were the first to vulcanize rubber; Andean farmers were the first to freeze-dry potatoes.

Feb 16, Vera rated it really liked it Shelves: I did learn a great deal from this book and I was glad for having read it. It is also interesting to see the similarities between the different cultures.

Yet this same pivotal author, whose discoveriws are the first to present our modern arithmetic system, is completely unmentioned in the mathematical chapter.

Just so happens that as each conquering hero invaded the territory, they discoevries most all evidence of what came before. A good read for anyone who likes popular science books. If the book would have focused on this, and analyzed why the originators lacked to find the potential in many of these technologies, he would have had an excellent book with a strong thread and a cogent point.

The first extensive and authoritative multicultural history of science written for a popular audience, Lost Discoveries fills a critical void in our scientific, cultural, and intellectual history and is destined to become a classic in its field.


The first comprehensive, authoritative, popularly written, multicultural history of science, Lost Discoveries fills a crucial gap in the history of science. Sep 15, Julien Rapp rated it liked it Shelves: This is an interesting book on how modern science and mathematics, long believed to have come purely from Greek roots, in fact arose from a much broader base of ancient cultures, including Babylonia, India, China and the Arab world as well as Greece.

The writing style is also a little all over the place, jumping from personal anecdotes to stories to the ancient history of the sciences.

Numerous points, such as the author’s claim that ancient societies anticipated integral calculus, are footnoted only to private email messages from Kaplan or Joseph. I felt the connections drawn between quantum mechanics and religious philosophies was a stretch given too much attention.

And not only mention them, but to use them to build new things that m This was an enjoyable book in that it opened the pages of long lost ideas and discoveries made around the world and across a wider expanse of time than we are generally taught.

Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today! Dsicoveries almost afraid of what unsupported conclusion he would have come to — though mercifully, his musings do not seem to point to the alien visitors so many who have studied ancient technology resort to. Discoveties has the virtue incorporating the non-eurocentric view without going to extremes and it tries to paint an accurate portrait without too much ideology.

I feel that the version were Europeans invented science is still prevalent, and that lots of people will never see it another way.