Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub


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    Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub Commander Aias of the Celestial Ship Chandra's Tear is charged with heading up operation Sunthief using a ship to steal a piece of the

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    Read & Download Celestial Matters characters â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Richard Garfinkle Richard Garfinkle ´ 4 Read & Download I can't review this objectively because my husband wrote it I think it's brilliant naturally but better check some other people's reviews

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    Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub This was definitely worth reading both for the steampunk and silkpunk content and as a speculation on ancient Greek science which we of course ignore now that we have real scientific evidence of how the universe works I have to disclose that I

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    Read & Download Celestial Matters Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub characters â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Richard Garfinkle As every great best science fiction book Celestial Matters is not just science fiction for the sake of itself Scientific fiction or uite literally in this case fictional science is a means to point out some otherwise poorly considered themes of

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    Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub characters â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Richard Garfinkle Richard Garfinkle ´ 4 Read & Download A fascinating and very well executed novel of alternate science It's set in a world in which what Aristotle posited about the nature of the world — four elements rotating geocentric celestial spheres four humour based medicine etc — are actually true Mostly More on this Further it's a novel of alternate history for which the point of divergence appears to be that the Peloponnesian War never occurred Rather Athens and Sparta un

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    Richard Garfinkle ´ 4 Read & Download Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub Describes a world in which Aristotelian Physics are real the Delian League of Alexander the Great never collapsed and they now do battle against the Middle Kingdom China by attempting to steal a piece of the sun

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    Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub Give the author a marginal amount of credit for attempting to be creative That one positive said all else is bad about this book I presume the author must have believed his audience would have zero familiarity with ancient Greece and zero knowledge of logic as it pertains to science Early on at that point where the author ascribes modern American weights and measures to the Greek empire dependent on ancient beliefs it was a matter of attem

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    characters â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Richard Garfinkle Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub Richard Garfinkle ´ 4 Read & Download This is a book I always wanted to exist without realizing it I am so glad someone wrote it in real life

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    Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub Richard Garfinkle ´ 4 Read & Download characters â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Richard Garfinkle I loved the way the author took early ideas on science and physics and created working technology around them

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    characters â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Richard Garfinkle Richard Garfinkle ´ 4 Read & Download Celestial Matters E–book/E–pub A really excellent book which I heard of randomly through a gaming blog recently I'm a bit sad that I'd never heard of this book before though I wonder if I would have appreciated it as much if I'd read it early; though perhaps of the issue is that it demonstrates how much stuff is out there that I would probably really like but wh

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Read & Download Celestial Matters Celestial Matters Read & Download ´ 104 E Their technologies are locked together however and neither empire can gain the upper hand Each side secretly despairs of its chances and has come to consider desperate measuresThe story is narrated by Aias of Tyre a scientist of the Delian League who is preparing to embark on Project Sunthief as scientific commander This project is an audacious and desperate mission to sail a spaceship carved out of a piece of the moon herself out through the spheres to catch a piece of the sun and bring it back to earth to annihilate the Middler capital city This the league hopes will finally end the war and give it victory. Give the author a marginal amount of credit for attempting to be creative That one positive said all else is bad about this book I presume the author must have believed his audience would have zero familiarity with ancient Greece and zero knowledge of logic as it pertains to science Early on at that point where the author ascribes modern American weights and measures to the Greek empire dependent on ancient beliefs it was a matter of attempting to reign in the gag reflex rather than trying to fathom any pleasure from this horrible tome Probably skipped about 100 pages in total and without ever reading the ending I really don t feel like I missed anything The juvenile writing style was a major detraction along with the thorough inanity of the story line itself A simplistic writing style poorly suited to obtuse content For example in describing the no longer operational guns of the ship they jutted defiantly upward what kind of phrasing is that Gag When naming the heroes of Greece why are they all from a period over a thousand years ago Hmmm what does that tell us about the story And the chief protagonist the captain One would naturally think that one of the two most powerful nations on earth would make some attempt at selecting a person in such an important position who actually had some knowledge of what they were about and someone who would exhibit some sort of emotional balance However the summary phrase that leapt to my mind was a solid portrayal of a blind one legged strutting peacock arbitrarily driven by the whim of nonexistent gods Gag again Not sure it can get much worse than this True rating 0

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Celestial Matters

Read & Download Celestial Matters Celestial Matters Read & Download ´ 104 In the world of Celestial Matters Ptolemaic astronomy and Aristotelian physics are valid scientific models of the surrounding world and cosmos The Earth lies at the center of the universe surrounded by crystal spheres which hold each of the planets the sun and the moon all enclosed in the sphere of the fixed stars Earthly matter composed of the classical four elements of earth air fire and water naturally moves in straight lines Heavenly matter naturally rises and moves in circles This is the universe as understood by the ancient GreeksThe science of the ancient Chinese also applies but as the novel is told fr. This was definitely worth reading both for the steampunk and silkpunk content and as a speculation on ancient Greek science which we of course ignore now that we have real scientific evidence of how the universe works I have to disclose that I know very little about Greek celestial theory and so much of the science was opaue to me but that didn t make the book less enjoyable or less inspiringIn a nutshell the book is about a scientist named Aias commander of a celestial ship in the service of the Delian League the Grecian ruled West whose goal at the beginning of the story is to lead an operation that will allow his team to capture a fragment of the sun s fire and use it as a weapon to destroy the capitol of the Middle Kingdom China and nominal leader of the East who they ve been at war with for hundreds of years Middle Kingdom spies and agents are sent to stop this and the first half of the book is spent trying to solve the mystery of who these spies are and how they plan to sabotage the missionAias and his culture use technology derived from ancient Greek theory and the Middle Kingdom uses Taoist science to produce technology powered by Xi Scientists from both sides are constantly hilariously commenting on how incomprehensible the other side s technology is and this seeming gulf of understanding is probably the most important mystery of the book It is eventually solved but the story ends rather abruptly with the completion of Aias s little political manipulation and we never learn what happened to the characters once that hurdle was overcomeThat s my biggest gripe with the book actually I would ve liked a little closure Ramonojon s plight isn t really solved and we don t know what reception Aias and Phan receive in their respective homes or even if they try to return at all since Aias s plan has been blessed by all of his gods you can imagine the future plays out exactly as he lays it out in the last few paragraphs but we get no indication of what happens to these characters As characters are generally still the most important part of a book for me this was a disappointmentAlso interesting the integration of gods and celestial science Another thing I appreciated was the lack of an authorial or character centric opinion of which belief or philosophy Greek or Tao was supposed to be judged correct by the reader The two traditions seem to be given eual validityOn the topic of Phan and Middle Kingdom characters in general I think the author did a good job of portraying them as characters in their own right instead of as stereotypes also that they weren t depicted as clearly in the wrong but that both sides had historical and cultural precedent for their behavior and beliefs My opinion of Persia via Mihradarius isn t as well formed but I mention it because of the part he played in the mystery

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Read & Download Celestial Matters Celestial Matters Read & Download ´ 104 Om the perspective of the Greeks it is less well understood Xi the Chinese notion of spirit and flow can be manipulated to move objects and energy The Chinese five elements of earth metal water wood and fire are transmuted one into the other Part of the central theme of the book is the two system's mutual misunderstanding and bafflement of each otherIn this world the Delian League Greeks and Middle Kingdom Chinese have been fighting a war for nearly a thousand years ever since the time of Alexander the Great when the warrior culture of Sparta and the Athenian Akademe were fused into a half world conuering forc. As every great best science fiction book Celestial Matters is not just science fiction for the sake of itself Scientific fiction or uite literally in this case fictional science is a means to point out some otherwise poorly considered themes of our ordinary world a strategy to devise mental experiments which thanks to their anomalous appearence draw the readers attention on specific topicsThe main focus of Celestial Matters thus is not What if Aristotelian Physics was true which is of course uite an amazing starting point nonetheless but Is it true that there s only one correct viewpoint to explain facts or even ambitiously Can two mutually exclusive worldviews be both valid at the same timeGarfinkle s detailed analysis of fictional Aristotelian and Taoist science technology and cosmology and concurrently of Athenian Spartan and Han aka Middler ethos would spark the shadow of doubt even in the mind of the most inflexible flagbearers of objectivity and pense uniue The importance of history is another key theme which Garfinkle hides between the lines the protagonist lives in a world where the study of history is deeply neglected by hard science dominated academia and it s only by his contrariant interest for the discipline and his personal connection with the muse Kleo that he manages to salvage and otherwise doomed space missionA brilliant and amusing book which would serve perfectly as a light but worthy literary companion for college physics courses

  • Paperback
  • 352
  • Celestial Matters
  • Richard Garfinkle
  • English
  • 07 May 2020
  • 9780312863487