The First Scientist: Anaximander and his legacy


by marcus
Tags: anaximander, legacy, scientist
marcus
marcus is offline
#73
Apr26-12, 02:55 PM
Astronomy
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
marcus's Avatar
P: 22,803
Rovelli just gave a couple of (I think interesting) talks at Princeton. One of them, on Anaximander, was yesterday 25 April at 4:00 PM:
http://philosophy.princeton.edu/inde...view&extid=809

Anaximander Of Miletus: Early Beginning And Conceptual Aspects Of Scientific Thinking
Carlo Rovelli, Centre de Physique Théorique de Luminy, Aix-Marseille University, France

The other talk was at the Institute for Advanced Studies, on the current definition, status, open problems, and prospects of Loop quantum gravity. That was two days earlier.

Monday, April 23, 2012
High Energy Theory Seminar
“Loop Quantum Gravity: Recent Results and Open Problems”
Location: Bloomberg Lecture Hall
Time: 2:30 PM
Speaker(s): Carlo Rovelli, Centre de Physique Théorique de Luminy, Aix-Marseille University, France
Description: The loop approach to quantum gravity has developed considerably during the last few years, especially in its covariant ('spinfoam') version. I present the current definition of the theory and the results that have been proven. I discuss what I think is still missing towards of the goal of defining a consistent tentative quantum field theory genuinely background independent and having general relativity as classical limit.
http://www.princeton.edu/physics/eve...ent.xml?id=347


Ακούστε Ιωνες, το νομος του κοσμου σου ενας νομος μονος

Hear, O Ionians, the Law of your world is one Law.
_____
marcus
marcus is offline
#74
May1-12, 12:29 AM
Astronomy
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
marcus's Avatar
P: 22,803
Here's an online video of a talk by Rovelli about Anaximander and the birth of the scientific tradition
http://www.cerimes.fr/le-catalogue/c...entifique.html
The first 8 minutes are by someone else (a French astrophysicist) and if you want to you can skip that by dragging the time button sort of 10% of the way along or however much you need to to get to around 8 minutes into the program.
fuzzyfelt
fuzzyfelt is offline
#75
May1-12, 02:45 PM
PF Gold
fuzzyfelt's Avatar
P: 742
Thank you, yet again, Marcus!
marcus
marcus is offline
#76
May2-12, 06:48 PM
Astronomy
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
marcus's Avatar
P: 22,803
I'm glad to be able to share an interest in the early science of the Ionians, Fuzzyfelt. I am thankful to you for this opportunity!
Also I think you are comfortable with French---it presents no obstacle to you. So if you watch it you can tell better than I can how well the lecture went.
fuzzyfelt
fuzzyfelt is offline
#77
May6-12, 04:40 PM
PF Gold
fuzzyfelt's Avatar
P: 742
No, I don't find it that easy, but I've had some help, and I've enjoyed it.
marcus
marcus is offline
#78
May19-12, 03:22 PM
Astronomy
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
marcus's Avatar
P: 22,803
I'm forgetful, I think of you as speaking some Italian, possibly bilingual, because of having lived some time in Italy. But I could easily be confused. And that does not mean you would automatically understand a lecture by Rovelli in French. But you probably come closer than I do

BTW the Anax book was doing well last time I looked. At noon Pacific time (which I guess is 9 PM over there) today 19 May it was #497 in all Amazon books:

==quote Italian Amazon==
Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon: n. 497 in Libri (Visualizza i Top 100 nella categoria Libri)
n.26 in Libri > Società e scienze sociali > Filosofia
n.39 in Libri > Scienze, tecnologia e medicina
==endquote==
http://www.amazon.it/scienza-rivoluz...dp/8861840752/

"Anaximander's Revolution"--La rivoluzione di Anassimandro--I like that part of the title.

And number 26 and 39 on a couple of their "top 100" bestseller lists. Not bad!
====================

Just for comparison I checked with Usa Amazon to see how the e-book is doing.
http://www.amazon.com/The-First-Scie...dp/B005NI3BWI/
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,299 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
#79 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > History > Ancient > Greece

This Greek phrase still echoing in my head:

Ακούστε Ιωνες, το νομος του κοσμου σου ενας νομος μονος

[Akouste Iones, to Nomos tou cosmou sou enas Nomos monos. (The "to" pronouced "toe". The "ou" pronounced "oo")]

Hear, O Ionians, the Law of your world is one Law.
___
OmCheeto
OmCheeto is offline
#79
May19-12, 06:06 PM
PF Gold
OmCheeto's Avatar
P: 1,370
Sometimes I wish I had a million hours of spare time to find all of the PF Jewel threads.

Thank god they pop up once in awhile for me to catch glimpse of.

I do like the way this Rovelli thinks:

Quote Quote by Carlo Rovelli
The core of science is therefore not a quest for certainty. Rather, it is a deep acceptance of our persisting uncertainty, and our vast ignorance. Science is born from the discovery that in front of the innumerable aspects of the world that we do not (yet?) understand, accepting our ignorance and being open to learn step by step is far more productive that making up a story and sticking to it.
from his SciAm blog

Reminds me a bit of something Andre said the other day:

...it should be a high ethical duty of any phycisian to monitor clinical pictures and medical treatments and investigate and report anything he considers irregular.
bolding mine
from his Ethics in science thread


Physicians probably more than anyone should study Anaximander. One set of their studies, pathogens, tend to evolve much more quickly than their patients.
fuzzyfelt
fuzzyfelt is offline
#80
May21-12, 09:38 AM
PF Gold
fuzzyfelt's Avatar
P: 742
We enjoyed the french with the rolling "R", Marcus. :)

And good thoughts, Om, about uncertainty.


Register to reply

Related Discussions
Tron Legacy General Discussion 5
Buffett's Legacy General Discussion 2
Would pure x64 with x86 legacy removed Computers 0
The Supernova Legacy Survey (SNLS) Astrophysics 3
George W. Bush's legacy General Discussion 8