The Atom in the History of Human Thought

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - 403 pages
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The concept of the atom is very near scientific bedrock, touching first causes, fundamental principles, our conception of the nature of reality. This book is a translation from the French of a history of atomic thought and theory, from ancient Greece to the present day. Pullman grounds his
coverage of scientific theory always in the religious and philosophical context of the times, covering the whole period of Western civilization, including in passing the major scientific philosophies of the Muslim world and India. The transition of atomism from a philosophical position to an
experimental science, in the mid-19th century, is well handled, and the coverage is nicely rounded out by a treatment of the first visual proof of atoms' material existence by direct microscopic imaging of individual atoms, about ten years ago.

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Contents

The Greek Miracle
3
Archè the Primordial
11
The Atomists Entry onto the Stage
31
Plato
49
The Antiatomists
59
Principles
75
The Medieval Christian Atomists
97
Arab Atomism
107
Turned Antiatomist
183
The RankandFile Atomists
189
the Invisible and Indivisible Atom
197
From
255
Provisional Epilogue
343
Notes
355
Index
393
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Bernard Pullman was Professor of Quantum Chemistry at the Sorbonne and Director of the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique. He died in 1996. Axel Reisinger is a Senior Principal Physicist at Sanders, a Lockheed Martin Company. He lives in Amherst, New Hampshire.

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