Often considered the founder of the modern study of the history of science, Sarton (d. 1956) in these essays reflects on the indissoluble bond that connects science and the humanities. ''Each scientific result,'' writes Sarton, ''is a fruit of humanity, a proof of its virtue. The almost inconceivable immensity of the universe revealed by his own efforts does not dwarf man except in a purely physical way; it gives a deeper meaning to his life and thought...here are no natural sciences as opposed to humanities; every branch of science or learning is just as natural or humane as you make it.''
An Eighth Day View:
Noted scholar's brilliant recapitulation of major intellectual achievements of Western civilization in the three centuries immediately preceding the birth of Christ. Focus is on Greek astronomy, physics, technology, anatomy, other sciences; philosophy, religion, language, sculpture, painting and literature also discussed. "Master of his subject and superb literary craftsman." -- "Times Literary Supplement."