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
     
 

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.

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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:
370,693
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Philosophy and Operationalism1
1"What was Worth Knowing" in 150010
2Humanism and Ancient Wisdom: How to Learn Things in the Sixteenth Century30
3The Scholar and the Craftsman: Paracelsus, Gilbert, Bacon49
4Mathematics Challenges Philosophy: Galileo, Kepler, and the Surveyors65
5Mechanism: Descartes Builds a Universe80
6Extra-Curricular Activities: New Homes for Natural Knowledge101
7Experiment: How to Learn Things about Nature in the Seventeenth Century131
8Cartesians and Newtonians149
Conclusion: What was Worth Knowing by the Eighteenth Century?168
Notes and References171
Documentation and Further Reading181
Dramatis Personae193
Glossary of Major Terms197
Index201

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