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The Birth of Modern Science / Edition 1
     

The Birth of Modern Science / Edition 1

by Paolo Rossi
 

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ISBN-10: 0631227113

ISBN-13: 9780631227113

Pub. Date: 06/28/2001

Publisher: Wiley

This history of the birth of modern science is ideal for those engaging with the subject for the first time. It shatters the illusion that science is 'dry' and divorced from culture by exploring the powerful clashes between traditions and value systems that gave rise to it. The author shows how many of the characteristics that distinguish science today emerged in

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This history of the birth of modern science is ideal for those engaging with the subject for the first time. It shatters the illusion that science is 'dry' and divorced from culture by exploring the powerful clashes between traditions and value systems that gave rise to it. The author shows how many of the characteristics that distinguish science today emerged in the midst of the wars and plagues of the seventeenth century and defines what was new about this form of knowledge.

Rossi's account covers topics such as the new astronomy, discoveries made with microscopes, the principle of inertia, experiments on voids, and the circulatory system. Alongside these, each chapter also addresses the great ideas that were central to this intellectual revolution: the new appraisal of technology, a new view of God as an engineer or clock maker, the introduction of the dimension of time into the study of nature, and so on. This passionate book will enable readers to engage with the complex relationship of science and philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631227113
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
Making of Europe Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.85(d)

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Table of Contents

Series Editor's Prefaceviii
Introduction1
European Science
A Revolution and its History
About this Book
1Obstacles9
Forgetting What we Know
Physics
Cosmology
Vile Mechanics
2Secrets18
"Margaritae ad porcos"
Hermetic Knowledge
Public Knowledge
The Hermetic Tradition and the Scientific Revolution
Secrets and Public Knowledge
3Engineers29
Practice and Discourse
Engineers and Machines
The Workshop
Leonardo da Vinci
"Discourse" and "Construction"
Knowledge that can Grow
Art and Nature
Daedalus and the Labyrinth
4The Unseen World41
Printing
Ancient Books
The Old and the New
Illustration
New Stars
The Discovery of an Unknown Visual World
The New World
5A New Universe56
Copernicus
The World in Pieces
Tycho Brahe
Kepler
6Galileo73
Early Works
Astronomical Discoveries
Nature and the Bible
Hypotheses and Realism
Copernicus is Condemned
The Book of Nature
The Chief Systems
The Destruction of Aristotelian Cosmology
Geometrization, Relativity, and Inertia
The Tides
Galileo's Tragedy
The New Physics
7Descartes99
A System
"I Come Forward Masked"
Mathematical Equations meet Geometry
Physics and Cosmology
The World as Geometry
8Countless Other Worlds108
An Infinite Void
An Infinitely Populated Infinite Universe
Galileo, Descartes, and the Infinite Universe
We are not Alone in the Universe
Huygens' Conjectures
The End of Anthropocentrism
9Mechanical Philosophy122
The Need for Imagination
Mechanisms and Mechanics
The Natural and the Artificial: To Know and to Make
Animals, Men, and Machines
Can Mechanists still be Christians?
Leibniz and the Critique of Mechanics
10Chemical Philosophy139
Chemistry and its Forefathers
Paracelsus
Paracelsians
The Iatrochemists
Chemistry and Mechanical Philosophy
Mechanics and Vitalism
11Magnetic Philosophy148
Strange Events
Gilbert
Jesuits and Magic
Cautious Experiments and Daring Devices
The Sulfur Globe
Music and Tarantism
12The Heart and Generation157
The Sun of the Microcosm
Ovists and Animalculists
Preformation Theory
13Time and Nature164
The Discovery of Time
Strange Rocks
How are Natural Objects Made?
A Sacred Theory of the Earth
Leibniz and the Protogaea
Newtonians and Cartesians
14Classification175
"Poa bulbosa"
Classification
Universal Languages
A Language for the Discussion of Nature
To Name is to Know
Mnemonic Aids
The Essential and the Incidental
15Instruments and Theories183
Sensory Aids
Intellectual Aids
16Academies192
The University
The Academy
The First Academies
Paris
London
Berlin
Bologna
Publications
17Newton203
The Principia
The "General Scholium"
The Opticks
Newton's Life
A Brief Interlude on the Manuscripts
The "Queries"
The Cosmic Cycles
Chronology
Knowledge of the Ancients
Alchemy
Newton's Religion and the Apocalypse
Interpreting the Bible and Nature
Conclusion
Chronology230
Bibliography235
Index251

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