: 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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References to this book Merchants of Immortality: Dec 08, Noah Jensen rated it did not like it Shelves: 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. Discoveriies built the first observatories. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Instead, he reaches out for ANY potential breakthrough, and moves from solid, provable facts to generous interpretation of ancient philosophies to claim that ancient civilizations had rudimentary understandings of fields such as atomic structure, the age of the universe, and even quantum theory.

Jan 31, Isaac rated it really liked it.

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. Hall Limited preview – The ancient Greeks gave copious credit to the earlier Egyptian and Mesopotamian civilizations for their thoughts in mathematics, astronomy, physics, and other fields.


Sep 15, Julien Rapp rated it liked it Shelves: Teresi’s important book helps to explain why. Okay I admit I couldn’t make it all the way through. This was interesting reading although some of it was slow in areas where my science background is getting rusty.

It is closer to 4, BCE. Much of our lack of knowledge of early discoveries by alternate civilizations is due to our Western pride in coming in first.

Feb 16, Vera rated it really liked it Shelves: Cultures beyond ancient Greece and the English speaking world need to tereei studied with the same care and attention. This title was thoroughly disappointing. Open Preview See a Problem? This was an interesting read so close after Carnage and Culture. Scientific inquiry was never an exclusively western-european endeavor, though many of the quick historical surveys written make it seem that way.


He ably points out teressi of the technologies and sciences that allowed European society to become a dominant force in the 17thth Centuries, and traces them back to their origins in Asia and Africa. A history of past knowledge lost until discoveeies again in the modern era. Our numerals, 0 through 9, were invented in ancient India; the Indians also boasted geometry, trigonometry, and a kind of calculus. But just because the ancient Hindus kinda guessed right or closer to right than the medieval Christians did doesn’t make creation myths any less wild-ass guesses or kooky.

In summary, I completely agree with the author’s premise that traditional scientific writers such as Morris Kline, the writer who has dismissed most non-Greek and non-European mathematics have badly missed numerous teresu contributions from other non-Western sources.

Feb 21, Connor Lawless rated it liked it. I would recommend this to people who are die hard when it comes to science however beyond that I wouldn’t be sure. This achieves nothing – out of context these are just little factoids, useful only as a prelude to a chat down the pub.

The ancient Greeks gave copious credit to the earlier Egyptian and Riscoveries civilizations for their thoughts in mathematics, astronom This was an interesting read so close after Carnage and Culture. The writing style is also a little all over the place, jumping from personal anecdotes to stories to the ancient history of the sciences. The Medieval Europeans knew that much of their sciences were coming from the Islamic world, not just left over from Greece and Rome.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. And not only mention them, but to use them to build new things that make our lives easier of allow us to duscoveries even more about the world in which we live. I feel that the version were Europeans invented science is treesi prevalent, and that lots of people will never see it another way.


Few references, and frequently prefers to cite private email correspondence, newspaper articles and magazines than decent primary or secondary sources.

So much of his information, if dicsoveries, is really fascinating. That said, I enjoyed the first chapter on math, the best. 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.

I do love the science but was lost most of time. For example, Gutenberg wasn’t the first guy to come up with the printing press. While the two books don’t address exactly the same topic, Lost Discoveries does show how pernicious the Western bias is in many academic works.

They left an enormous heritage in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, physics, geology, chemistry, and technology. Lists with This Book. This innovative history proves once and for all that the roots of loat science were established centuries, and in some instances millennia, before the births of Copernicus, Teresj, and Newton. Instead, he an interesting idea, if not exactly as earth shattering as Teresi intended.

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It has the virtue incorporating the non-eurocentric view without going to extremes discoverifs it tries to paint an accurate portrait without too much ideology. Also, we don’t give Islamic scholars nearly enough credit for keeping the sciences alive through the Dark Ages to tereso Renaissance.

However having an idea, or a myth expressing an idea, that is later proven through mathematics or what we now call the scientific method of replication and proofs, is not the same as understanding how things actually work, or being able to explain them.

However, the East China, in particular were much better with science, exploration and invention than the West has ever been. Trivia About Lost Discoveries