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By Isaac Asimov

During this remarkably thorough and utterly soaking up publication, Isaac Asimov lines the heritage of technology, from historical Egypt to the atomic age--through the lives and careers of teh women and men who made it. In 1,510 biographical sketches he offers a wealth of proof and anecdotes that light up each one person's contribution to the area of technological know-how. And by means of arranging the entries chronologically, he exhibits in addition the interactions one of the numerous contributors and one of the quite a few brances of technological know-how. From Imhotep to Neil Armstrong, from Cleveland Abbe to Vladimir Zworykin, Asimov captures the titanic scope and human drama of medical discovery in a ebook that makes a useful reference--and attention-grabbing interpreting.

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C . when Persia had conquered the region. He settled in the town of Elea. He wrote on Pythagorean doctrine, but was less mystical than most of the school. He did not believe in transmigration of souls or in the primitive Greek gods but in a monotheism not at all characteristic of Greek thought. He guessed that earth might be the fundamental element of the universe, but he is best known for his theory, derived from the fact that seashells were some­ times found on mountain heights, that the physical characteristics of the earth changed with time.

Then, too, methods for han­ dling the infinitely divisible (even were that supposed to exist) were not devel­ oped until Newton [231] and his inven­ tion of the calculus. Zeno was completely defeated in the end, but he deserves a chorus of thanks just the same for the values that grew out of more than two millennia of intel­ lectual struggle required to defeat him. c . C. Empedocles was one philosopher who, at least in younger life, did not hesitate to immerse himself in politics. He was a moving spirit in the overthrow of a tyr­ anny in his native town of Akragas.

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