The Measure of Reality: Quantification in Western Europe, 1250-1600

The Measure of Reality: Quantification in Western Europe, 1250-1600

by Alfred W. Crosby
     
 

Western Europeans were among the first, if not the first, to invent mechanical clocks, geometrically precise maps, double-entry bookkeeping, exact algebraic and musical notations, and perspective painting. By the 16th century more people were thinking quantitatively in Western Europe than in any other part of the world. They thus became world leaders in science,… See more details below

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Western Europeans were among the first, if not the first, to invent mechanical clocks, geometrically precise maps, double-entry bookkeeping, exact algebraic and musical notations, and perspective painting. By the 16th century more people were thinking quantitatively in Western Europe than in any other part of the world. They thus became world leaders in science, technology, armaments, navigation, business practice, and bureaucracy, and created many of the greatest masterpieces of Western music and painting. The Measure of Reality discusses the epochal shift from qualitative to quantitative perception in Western Europe during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. This shift made modern science, technology, business practice, and bureaucracy possible. It affected not only the obvious -- such as measurements of time and space and mathematical technique -- but, equally and simultaneously, music and painting, thus proving that the shift was even more profound than once thought.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521554275
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. 1Pantometry Achieved
1Pantometry: An Introduction3
2The Venerable Model21
3Necessary but Insufficient Causes49
4Time75
5Space95
6Mathematics109
Pt. 2Striking the Match: Visualization
7Visualization: An Introduction129
8Music139
9Painting165
10Bookkeeping199
Pt. 3Epilogue
11The New Model227
Index241

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