Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution: From Copernicus to Newton

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Overview

A close examination of the dawn of the modern age

With unprecedented current coverage of the profound changes in the nature and practice of science in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe, this comprehensive reference work addresses the broad sweep of individuals, ideas, and institutions that defined culture in this most influential age-when the modern perception of nature and of the universe and our place in it is said to have emerged

In-depth analyses of the importance of historical context to major development

Disciplines, concepts, and methodologies are approached trough the lens of the social, institutional, and intellectual milieu of the time. The volume has been specifically designed to acquaint the reader with recent insights into the development of scientific ideas in their social and intellectual contexts.

Discussion of the Scientific Revolution's impact on its contemporaneous disciplines

The influence of the Scientific Revolution may also be sought in the very milieu that originally gave rise to it. Included in this volume are entries on sixteenth-and seventeenth-century subject areas important in the shaping of scientific magic, technology, and medicine, for example- that echoed with their own changes those occurring in the sciences.

Coverage of the historiography of the period

With the wealth of studies and interpretations that have accumulated around the Scientific Revolution, there is of course no one method that has been settled on of relating its significance. A unique aspect of this volume is its inclusion of historiographic essays that address these varying interpretations.

"This unique reference book focuses on scientific development in the 16th and 17th centuries, when the field of science underwent tremendous advances and discoveries. The 441 articles cover scientists, processes, phenomena, philosophy, religion, and professional societies."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2001.

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Filling a hole in reference collections on the history of science, this tome brings together a great collection of articles on the progress of scientific discovery in the 16th and 17th centuries. The text, which considers the social and philosophical climate of the period as well as the science itself, is equally good at covering the concrete (such as institutions, people, and instrumentation) and the abstract (such as theories, schools of thought, and controversies). The 437 entries vary in length from just half a page to five pages, and each has a short bibliography directing the reader to recent articles and monographs as well as primary sources. Access to the entries is aided by a 60-page index, a detailed chronology, a topical/taxonomic outline of entries, and cross references. Just under 40 percent of the articles cite a work by the contributor, demonstrating that Applebaum (emeritus, history of science, Illinois Univ. of Technology) was skilled at selecting accomplished scholars from around the globe (though primarily from Europe and North America). Written at a level accessible to the educated lay reader, this work will find a welcome home in academic libraries and public libraries with larger science collections.--Wade M. Lee, Univ. of Toledo, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Meet the Author

Wilbur Applebaum is Professor Emeritus at Illinois Institute of Technology, where he taught the history of science for twenty-five years. His research interests and publications center on seventeenth-century astronomy and the Scientific Revolution, for which he has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Mellon Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health and the American Philosophical Society. He has served in a consulting capacity for the Museum of Science and Industry and the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

Among his recent publications are "Epistemological and Political Implications of the Scientific Revolution." In Science, Pseudo-science, and Utopianism in Early Modern Thought, edited by Stephen A. McKnight, and "Keplerian Astronomy after Kepler: Researches and Problems," in the journal History of Science.

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