Chapter 1

We Got This, Right?

“One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science,
measured against reality, is primitive and childlike — and yet it is
the most precious thing we have.” ~ Albert Einstein

What’s This Book About?

This book tells the story of how science grew from the philosophical musings of the ancient Greeks to its current state which gives us planes, trains, automobiles, electricity, the internet, and space flight. And lasers, don’t forget the lasers.

The book tells the story of science by following how we have explained gravity. You’d think something as straightforward as gravity would be easy to figure out. Think again… and come along for this journey of discovery. It’s written in plain English not nerdy jargon.

Chapter 1 lays the groundwork. Like “What’s the difference between a fact, a wild idea, and a theory?” and “The direction of ‘down’ depends on your location!”

At the end of the chapter, there is an exercise that will make the direction of down, day and night, and the changing seasons something that you can hold in your hands.

Activity Video for Chapter 1

Here are the links from the text in Chapter 1:

1.  Deeper Dive “Planetary Motion: The History of an Idea That Launched the ….” 7 Jul. 2009, 

2.  Biography “Leucippus – Wikipedia.”

3.  Biography “Democritus – Wikipedia.”

4.  Biography “Epicurus – Wikipedia.”

5.  Deeper Dive “Trial of Socrates – Wikipedia.”

6.  Deeper Dive “Socratic method – Wikipedia.”

7.  Deeper Dive “Acharya Kanada: The Father of Atomic Theory – Sanskriti Magazine.”

8.  Deeper Dive “Dharmakirti – Wikipedia.”