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Revolutionizing the Sciences: European Knowledge and Its Ambitions, 1500-1700 (Second Edition) / Edition 2
     

Revolutionizing the Sciences: European Knowledge and Its Ambitions, 1500-1700 (Second Edition) / Edition 2

by Peter Dear
 

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ISBN-10: 0691142068

ISBN-13: 9780691142067

Pub. Date: 07/06/2009

Publisher: Princeton University Press

From Copernicus, who put the earth in orbit around the sun, to Isaac Newton, who gave the world universal gravitation, the Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries transformed the way Europeans understood their world. In this book, Peter Dear offers an accessible introduction to the origins of modern science for students and general readers.

Overview

From Copernicus, who put the earth in orbit around the sun, to Isaac Newton, who gave the world universal gravitation, the Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries transformed the way Europeans understood their world. In this book, Peter Dear offers an accessible introduction to the origins of modern science for students and general readers. This second edition further explores the practice and influence of alchemy, the social standing of early scientists, and the role of medicine and medical practitioners.

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of principal themes and topics
  • Discusses central figures, including Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, and Newton, and describes the world in which they lived—and the new world they helped create
  • Features a rich variety of illustrations, a glossary of terms, and a list of further reading

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691142067
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/06/2009
Edition description:
Second
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
257,967
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Introduction: Philosophy and Operationalism 1
1. "What was Worth Knowing" in 1500 10
2. Humanism and Ancient Wisdom: How to Learn Things in the Sixteenth Century 30
3. The Scholar and the Craftsman: Paracelsus, Gilbert, Bacon 49
4. Mathematics Challenges Philosphy: Galileo, Kepler, and the Surveyors 65
5. Mechanism: Decartes Builds a Universe 80
6. Extra-Curricular Activities: New Homes for Natural Knowledge 101
7. Experiment: How to Learn Things about Nature in the Seventeenth Century 131
8. Cartesians and Newtonians 149
Conclusion: What was Worth Knowing by the Eighteenth Century 168
Notes and References 171
Documentation and Further Reading 181
Dramatis Personae 193
Glossary of Major Terms 197
Ondex 201

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