The Measure of Reality: Quantification in Western Europe, 1250-1600 / Edition 1

The Measure of Reality: Quantification in Western Europe, 1250-1600 / Edition 1

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by Alfred W. Crosby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521639905

ISBN-13: 9780521639903

Pub. Date: 12/28/1997

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Western Europeans were among the first, if not the first, to invent mechanical clocks, geometrically precise maps, double-entry bookkeeping, precise algebraic and musical notations, and perspective painting. More people in Western Europe thought quantitatively in the sixteenth century than in any other part of the world, enabling them to become the world's leaders.

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Western Europeans were among the first, if not the first, to invent mechanical clocks, geometrically precise maps, double-entry bookkeeping, precise algebraic and musical notations, and perspective painting. More people in Western Europe thought quantitatively in the sixteenth century than in any other part of the world, enabling them to become the world's leaders. With amusing detail and historical anecdote, Alfred Crosby discusses the shift from qualitative to quantitative perception that occurred during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Alfred W. Crosby is the author of five books, including the award-winning Ecological Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (Cambridge, 1986)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521639903
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
678,111
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Pantometria Achieved: 1. Pantometria, an introduction; 2. The venerable model; 3. Necessary, but insufficient; 4. Time; 5. Space; 6. Mathematics; Part II. Striking the Match: Visualization: 7. Visualization, an introduction; 8. Music; 9. Painting; 10. Bookkeeping; Part III. The New Model.

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