The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos

Mlodinow, Leonard

Editorial Vintage USA
Fecha de edición abril 2016 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9780345804433
352 páginas
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Resumen del libro

A few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us.

Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science. In the process, he presents a fascinating new look at the unique characteristics of our species and our society that helped propel us from stone tools to written language and through the birth of chemistry, biology, and modern physics to todays technological world.

Along the way he explores the cultural conditions that influenced scientific thought through the ages and the colorful personalities of some of the great philosophers, scientists, and thinkers: Galileo, who preferred painting and poetry to medicine and dropped out of university; Isaac Newton, who stuck needlelike bodkins into his eyes to better understand changes in light and color; and Antoine Lavoisier, who drank nothing but milk for two weeks to examine its effects on his body. Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Werner Heisenberg, and many lesser-known but equally brilliant minds also populate these pages, each of their stories showing how much of human achievement can be attributed to the stubborn pursuit of simple questions (why? how?), bravely asked.

The Upright Thinkers is a book for science lovers and for anyone interested in creative thinking and in our ongoing quest to understand our world. At once deeply informed, accessible, and infused with the authors trademark wit, this insightful work is a stunning tribute to humanitys intellectual curiosity.

Biografía del autor

Leonard Mlodinowes doctor en física por la Universidad de California. Fue miembro del claustro del California Institute of Technology y obtuvo una beca de la fundación Alexander von Humboldt en el Instituto Max Planck de Física y Astrofísica en Múnich (Alemania). Ha trabajado como guionista de las series de televisiónStar Trek: The Next GenerationyMacGyver. En Crítica ha publicadoEl arcoiris de Feynman(2004),El andar del borracho(2008),Subliminal(2013) y, junto a Stephen Hawking,Brevísima historia del tiempo(2005) yEl gran diseño(2012).




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