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Practical Matter: Newton's Science in the Service of Industry and Empire, 1687-1851 / Edition 1
     

Practical Matter: Newton's Science in the Service of Industry and Empire, 1687-1851 / Edition 1

by Margaret C. Jacob, Larry Stewart
 

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ISBN-10: 0674014979

ISBN-13: 9780674014978

Pub. Date: 01/02/2005

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Margaret Jacob and Larry Stewart examine the profound transformation that began in 1687. From the year when Newton published his Principia to the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851, science gradually became central to Western thought and economic development. The book aims at a general audience and examines how, despite powerful opposition on the Continent, a

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Margaret Jacob and Larry Stewart examine the profound transformation that began in 1687. From the year when Newton published his Principia to the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851, science gradually became central to Western thought and economic development. The book aims at a general audience and examines how, despite powerful opposition on the Continent, a Newtonian understanding gained acceptance and practical application. By the mid-eighteenth century the new science had achieved ascendancy, and the race was on to apply Newtonian mechanics to industry and manufacturing. They end the story with the temple to scientific and technological progress that was the Crystal Palace exhibition. Choosing their examples carefully, Jacob and Stewart show that there was nothing preordained or inevitable about the centrality awarded to science. "It is easy to forget that science might have been stillborn, or remained the esoteric knowledge of court elites. Instead, for better and for worse, science became a centerpiece of Western culture."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674014978
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/02/2005
Series:
New Histories of Science, Technology, and Medicine Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Newtonian Revolution

2. The Western Paradigm Decisively Shifts

3. Popular Audiences and Public Experiments

4. Practicality and the Radicalism of Experiment

5. Putting Science to Work: European Strategies

Epilogue

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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