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
     
 

"Succinct, well-organized, and clearly written, this is an excellent account of the intellectual transformation of our understanding of the natural world between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."—Paula Findlen, Stanford University

"This book is a clear first choice for students and teachers. Incorporating cutting-edge scholarship, it matches

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"Succinct, well-organized, and clearly written, this is an excellent account of the intellectual transformation of our understanding of the natural world between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries."—Paula Findlen, Stanford University

"This book is a clear first choice for students and teachers. Incorporating cutting-edge scholarship, it matches breadth of thematic coverage with clarity of exposition and takes the reader gently but firmly through the field."—Simon Ditchfield, University of York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691142067
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/06/2009
Edition description:
Second
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
141,019
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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