The way and the word
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Lloyd, G. E. R. - Sivin, Nathan

The way and the word

Abstract: The rich civilizations of ancient China and Greece built sciences of comparable sophistication, each based on different foundations of concept, method and organization. In this text, two scholars compare the cosmology, science and medicine of China and Greece between 400 BC and AD 200, casting light not only on the two civilizations but also on the evolving character of science. Sir Geoffrey Lloyd and Nathan Sivin investigate the differences between the thinkers in the two civilizations: what motivated them, how they understood the cosmos and the human body, how they were educated, how they made a living, and whom they argued with and why. The authors' new method integrally compares social, political and intellectual patterns and connections, demonstrating how all affected and were affected by ideas about cosmology and the physical world. They relate conceptual differences in China and Greece to the diverse ways that intellectuals in the two civilizations earned their living, interacted with fellow inquirers, and were involved with structures of authority. By AD 200 the distinctive scientific strengths of both China and Greece showed equal potential for theory and practice. Lloyd and Sivin argue that modern science evolved not out of the Greek tradition alone but from the strengths of China, Greece, India, Islam and other civilizations, which converged first in the Muslim world and then in Renaissance Europe.

Title and contributes: The way and the word : science and medicine in early China and Greece / Geoffrey Lloyd and Nathan Sivin

Publication: New Haven ; London : Yale university press, ©2002

Physical description: XVII, 348 p. ; 22 cm.

ISBN: 0300101600

Publication date:2002

Language: English (language of the text, soundtrack, etc..)

Country: USA

  • Includes bibliographical references (p. 299-328) and index.
  • Other format: Also available as an electronic book made available via MyiLibrary.


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  • Type of Publication Date: Publication Dates 1 and 2: monograph complete when issued, or issued within one calendar year
  • Publication Date: 2002

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