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Music, Science, and Natural Magic in Seventeenth-Century England
     

Music, Science, and Natural Magic in Seventeenth-Century England

by Penelope Gouk
 

ISBN-10: 0300073836

ISBN-13: 9780300073836

Pub. Date: 08/11/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

The role of natural magic in the rise of seventeenth-century experimental science has been the subject of lively controversy for several decades. Now Penelope Gouk introduces a new element into the debate: how music mediated between these two domains. Arguing that changing musical practice in sixteenth-century Europe affected seventeenth-century English thought

Overview

The role of natural magic in the rise of seventeenth-century experimental science has been the subject of lively controversy for several decades. Now Penelope Gouk introduces a new element into the debate: how music mediated between these two domains. Arguing that changing musical practice in sixteenth-century Europe affected seventeenth-century English thought on science and magic, she maps the various relationships among these apparently separate disciplines.

Gouk explores these relationships in several ways. She adopts the methods of social geography to discuss the disciplinary, social, and intellectual overlapping of music, science, and natural magic. She gives a historical account of the emergence of acoustics in English science, the harmonically based physics of Robert Hooke, and the position of harmonics within Newton’s transformation of natural philosophy. And she provides a gallery of images in which contemporary representations of instruments, practices, and concepts demonstrate the way in which musical models informed and transformed those of natural philosophy. Gouk shows that as the “occult” features of music became subject to the new science of experimentation, and as their causes became evident, so natural magic was pushed outside the realms of scientific discourse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300073836
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/11/1999
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
viii
Preface xi
PART ONE: GEOGRAPHIES
Disciplinary Geographies
3(20)
Categories, boundaries and margins
Social Geographies
23(43)
Patterns of patronage, education and practice
Intellectual Geographies
66(49)
Music, natural magic and their relationship to experimental philosophy
PART TWO: GALLERY
Instruments
115(42)
Music represented
PART THREE: NARRATIVES
Musical Acoustics
157(36)
From Bacon to the Royal Society
Robert Hooke
193(31)
Natural magician, experimental philosopher
Isaac Newton
224(37)
Pythagorean magus
Epilogue The Making of Music and the Making of Scienc
261(16)
Where did natural magic go?
Appendix: key sources from antiquity to c. 1700 277(6)
Select bibliography 283(11)
Index 294

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