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Science and Culture Author s Alan Gross Source American Literary History Vol 7 No 1 Spring 1995 pp 169 186 Published by Oxford University Press Stable URL http www jstor org stable 489804 Accessed 28 10 2008 18 26 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of JSTOR s Terms and Conditions of Use available at http www jstor org page info about policies terms jsp JSTOR s Terms and Conditions of Use provides in part that unless you have obtained prior permission you may not download an entire issue of a journal or multiple copies of articles and you may use content in the JSTOR archive only for your personal non commercial use Please contact the publisher regarding any further use of this work Publisher contact information may be obtained at http www jstor org action showPublisher publisherCode oup Each copy of any part of a JSTOR transmission must contain the same copyright notice that appears on the screen or printed page of such transmission JSTOR is a not for profit organization founded in 1995 to build trusted digital archives for scholarship We work with the scholarly community to preserve their work and the materials they rely upon and to build a common research platform that promotes the discovery and use of these resources For more information about JSTOR please contact support jstor org Oxford University Press is collaborating with JSTOR to digitize preserve and extend access to American Literary History http www jstor org Science and Culture Alan Gross American Literatureand Science Edited by Robert J Scholnick RobertOppenheimer UniversityPress of Kentucky 1992 Taken as a story of human achievement and human blindness the discoveriesin the sciences are among the great epics Thaleslivedin Miletus a Greekcolony in the seventhcentury BCE Accordingto Herodotus he predictedan eclipse accordingto Aristotle he declaredthatwaterwas the firstprinciple of all things Herodotuswas almostcertainlymistaken and Aristotle s attributionis not a complimentbut a






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