Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution

Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution

by Lisa Jardine
     
 

In this fascinating look at the European scientific advances of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, historian Lisa Jardine demonstrates that the pursuit of knowledge occurs not in isolation, but rather in the lively interplay and frequently cutthroat competition between creative minds.

The great thinkers of that extraordinary age, including Isaac

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In this fascinating look at the European scientific advances of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, historian Lisa Jardine demonstrates that the pursuit of knowledge occurs not in isolation, but rather in the lively interplay and frequently cutthroat competition between creative minds.

The great thinkers of that extraordinary age, including Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, and Christopher Wren, are shown in the context in which they lived and worked. We learn of the correspondences they kept with their equally passionate colleagues and come to understand the unique collaborative climate that fostered virtuoso discoveries in the areas of medicine, astronomy, mathematics, biology, chemistry, botany, geography, and engineering.  Ingenious Pursuits brilliantly chronicles the true intellectual revolution that continues to shape our very understanding of ourselves, and of the world around us.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385720014
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Pages:
444
Sales rank:
657,645
Product dimensions:
5.19(w) x 7.99(h) x 1.01(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgementsxvii
Prefatory Notexix
Introduction1
1Signs of the Times11
2Scale Models42
3Subtle Anatomy89
4Running Like Clockwork133
5Breaking New Ground177
6Strange Specimens223
7Examining the Evidence273
8Committed to Paper313
Epilogue354
Cast of Characters366
Notes393
Further Reading409
Index432

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