Rethinking the Scientific Revolution / Edition 1

Rethinking the Scientific Revolution / Edition 1

by Margaret J. Osler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521661013

ISBN-13: 9780521661010

Pub. Date: 03/28/2000

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book challenges the traditional historiography of the Scientific Revolution, probably the single most important unifying concept in the history of science. Usually referring to the period from Copernicus to Newton (roughly 1500 to 1700), the Scientific Revolution is considered to be the central episode in the history of science, the historical moment at which…  See more details below

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This book challenges the traditional historiography of the Scientific Revolution, probably the single most important unifying concept in the history of science. Usually referring to the period from Copernicus to Newton (roughly 1500 to 1700), the Scientific Revolution is considered to be the central episode in the history of science, the historical moment at which that unique way of looking at the world that we call "modern science" and its attendant institutions emerged." "Reexamination of the preoccupations of early modern natural philosophers undermines many of the assumptions underlying standard accounts of the Scientific Revolution. Starting with a dialogue between Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs and Richard S. Westfall, whose understanding of the Scientific Revolution differed in important ways, the chapters in this volume reconsider canonical figures, their areas of study, and the formation of disciplinary boundaries during this seminal period of European intellectual history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521661010
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Pages:
356
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Preface
Introduction
1The Canonical Imperative: Rethinking the Scientific Revolution3
Pt. IThe Canon in Question
2Newton as Final Cause and First Mover25
3The Scientific Revolution Reasserted41
Pt. IICanonical Disciplines Re-Formed
4The Role of Religion in the Lutheran Response to Copernicus59
5Catholic Natural Philosophy: Alchemy and the Revivification of Sir Kenelm Digby89
6Vital Spirits: Redemption, Artisanship, and the New Philosophy in Early Modern Europe119
7"The Terriblest Eclipse That Hath Been Seen in Our Days": Black Monday and the Debate on Astrology during the Interregnum137
8Arguing about Nothing: Henry More and Robert Boyle on the Theological Implications of the Void153
Pt. IIICanonical Figures Reconsidered
9Pursuing Knowledge: Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton183
10The Alchemies of Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton: Alternate Approaches and Divergent Deployments201
11The Janus Faces of Science in the Seventeenth Century: Athanasius Kircher and Isaac Newton221
12The Nature of Newton's "Holy Alliance" between Science and Religion: From the Scientific Revolution to Newton (and Back Again)247
13The Fate of the Date: The Theology of Newton's Principia Revisited271
14Newton and Spinoza and the Bible Scholarship of the Day297
Pt. IVThe Canon Constructed
15The Truth of Newton's Science and the Truth of Science's History: Heroic Science at Its Eighteenth-Century Formulation315
Index333

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