Fall 1965 • Vol. XXVII No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1965 |

The Perspective of Time

The Discovery of Time by Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield. Harper and Row, $6.95. The authors describe this book as a "history of history." It is a discussion of the historical development of our ideas of time as they relate to nature, human nature, and human society. We are told: Somewhere around 550 B.C. the philosophers of Miletos were adopting, for the first time, a consistently developmental attitude to the world. Their view embraced Nature and humanity alike and gave the first hint that the world as we find it is merely one phase in a continuous and continuing creative process . . . the world of nature is supposed to have acquired its present form as the outcome of a prolonged sequence of gradual changes, all of which the lonians could still observe in some form or other. There is no reference to arbitrary acts of Divine command but only to the behavior of whirling eddies, potter's clay, the warm moisture of swamps and marshes continually generating living things, a

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