The Lagoon

The Lagoon

How Aristotle Invented Science

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In The Lagoon, acclaimed biologist Armand Marie Leroi recovers Aristotle's science. He revisits Aristotle's writings and the places where he worked. He goes to the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos to see the creatures that Aristotle saw, where he saw them. He explores Aristotle's observations, his deep ideas, his inspired guesses--and the things he got wildly wrong. He shows how Aristotle's science is deeply intertwined with his philosophical system and reveals that he was not only the first biologist, but also one of the greatest.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014
ISBN: 9780670026746
0670026743
Branch Call Number: 570.1 Le
Characteristics: 501 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: How Aristotle invented science

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ChristchurchLib Dec 04, 2014

Did you know that Aristotle's favorite animal was the cuttlefish? The ancient Greek philosopher may be best known for his contributions to Western philosophy, but his true passion - according to biologist Armand Marie Leroi - was the natural world and its inhabitants. In The Lagoon, Leroi considers Aristotle's contributions to science while following in his footsteps from Athens to Lesbos to Macedonia (and back again). Combining travelogue, ancient history, and science, this thought-provoking book provides a fresh perspective on the life, work, and legacy of Aristotle. Nature and Science December 2014 newsletter.

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