A new book in the history of science. https://www.amazon.com/First-Scientist-Anaximander-His-Legacy/dp/1594161313/ Delving into the first glimpses of physical law. The idea that nature and experience could be explained by (semi-quantitative) laws instead of by myths and gods. What is the root of scientific explanation? How did the idea of it arise? The history is developed by focusing on a person, a student of Thales, in the Ionian city of Miletus, and the events surrounding his life circa 610-546 BC. Humanity took a significant step forward around that time, I think The book is scheduled to go on sale in May 2011, so just a couple of months.