: 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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The Babylonians, for example, developed the Pythagorean theorem What kind of surprised me was just how recent the Western bias is.

Boldly challenging conventional wisdom, acclaimed science writer and Omni magazine cofounder Dick Teresi traces the origins of contemporary science back to their ancient roots in an eye-opening account and landmark work. While the historical notes are interesting, they are typically used to support tangential claims of denigrated post from other societies while sometimes true, often his own research points out that the world-wide discovery of previous scientific findings occurred after western reinvention – it is unclear what the author wants – a renaming of theorems to reflect the now uncovered original discoverer???

This is an interesting book on how modern science discoverjes mathematics, long believed to have come purely from Greek roots, in fact arose from a much broader base of ancient cultures, including Babylonia, India, China and the Arab world as well as Greece. But just because the ancient Hindus kinda guessed right or closer to right than the medieval Christians did doesn’t make creation myths llost less wild-ass guesses or kooky.

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I have been disturbed to discover that as much as I have liked this book, there are some factual errors in it, which leads me to wonder how many other errors I have missed. Selected pages Title Page. As Americans, we think history goes b I just couldn’t get into this book, but I don’t think it’s Teresi’s fault. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


I just couldn’t get into this book, but I don’t think it’s Teresi’s fault. 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.

Lost Discoveries: The Ancient Roots of Modern Science–from the Baby – Dick Teresi – Google Books

Considering he spends a full paragraph to tie together his observations at the end of pages, I prefer to think of the book as an anthology of columns rather than an actual effort to examine the issue in toto. I’m almost afraid of what teresk conclusion he would have come to — though mercifully, his musings do not seem to point to the alien visitors so many who have studied ancient technology resort to.

I feel that the version were Europeans invented science is still prevalent, and that lots of people wi So this book is about the misconception that science was invented by the Ancient Greeks then reinvented during the Renaissance while all other culture invented the fire and then called it quits, waiting for Europeans to invent everything. Discoveriea 19, Kami rated it liked it. In this enlightening, entertaining, and important book, Teresi describes many discoveries from all over the non-Western world — Sumeria, Babylon, Egypt, India, China, Africa, Arab nations, the Americas, and the Pacific islands — that equaled and often surpassed Greek and European learning in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, cosmology, physics, geology, chemistry, and technology.

LOST DISCOVERIES by Dick Teresi | Kirkus Reviews

It existed thousands Okay I admit I couldn’t make it all the way through. Jan 26, Discovedies rated it did not like it Shelves: This title was thoroughly disappointing.


This is undoubtedly a terrible historical narrative, and on riscoveries I wholeheartedly agree with Teresi. Plus, receive recommendations for your next Book Club read. May 20, Wanda Brenni rated it liked it. Someone needs to write a better book on this topic. Few references, and frequently prefers to cite private email correspondence, newspaper articles and magazines than decent primary or secondary sources.

I’m pretty intelligent when it comes to some things, but math is definitely not one of them. It was difficult to decide how to rate this book, because while on the one hand I did thoroughly enjoy reading the book as I found the subject matter to be truly fascinating, on the other hand I found that the way in which the content was presented left something to be desired. He ably points out several 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.

As Americans, we think history goes back only so far as the scientific accomplishments of Western Europe. Mar 22, Josh Street rated it did not like it.

Yes, it is interesting to look at creation myths and see how closely or not they mirror our current Big Bang, quantum physics, string theory beliefs. I like to “read up”.

If the entire book had been like that, the rating would have been higher, but even so it was an enjoyable read and I recommend it. Jan 17, Sally rated it really liked it Shelves: For instance, he puts discoverirs building of the pyramids at 45, BCE! Jul 19, Jrobertus rated it it was ok.