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

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Overview

What influence did music have in the domains of natural magic and early modern experimental science? In this highly original book, Penelope Gouk argues that developments in sixteenth-century musical practices changed English thought on science and magic in the next century. Her exploration of the relationships among these apparently separate disciplines sheds new light on the history of each.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300073836
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Preface
Pt. 1 Geographies
1 Disciplinary Geographies: Categories, boundaries and margins 3
2 Social Geographies: Patterns of patronage, education and practice 23
3 Intellectual Geographies: Music, natural magic and their relationship to experimental philosophy 66
Pt. 2 Gallery
4 Instruments: Music represented 115
Pt. 3 Narratives
5 Musical Acoustics: From Bacon to the Royal Society 157
6 Robert Hooke: Natural magician, experimental philosopher 193
7 Isaac Newton: Pythagorean magus 224
8 Epilogue: The Making of Music and the Making of Science: Where did natural magic go? 261
Appendix key sources from antiquity to c. 1700 277
Select bibliography 283
Index 294
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