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

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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


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Editorial Reviews

Zentralblatt MATH Database
Bibliography, index and footnotes of the booklet are exceptionally comprehensive.
— Silke Göbel
Nature - Michael Hunter
[Dear] throws interesting light on the changing criteria used to evaluate natural knowledge, especially the increasing emphasis on experiment. . . . As a full and accurate account of such matters, this book is the best available, and I would recommend it to anyone.
Zentralblatt MATH - Silke Gobel
Bibliography, index and footnotes of the booklet are exceptionally comprehensive.
From the Publisher
"[Dear] throws interesting light on the changing criteria used to evaluate natural knowledge, especially the increasing emphasis on experiment. . . . As a full and accurate account of such matters, this book is the best available, and I would recommend it to anyone."—Michael Hunter, Nature

"Bibliography, index and footnotes of the booklet are exceptionally comprehensive."—Silke G¨obel, Zentralblatt MATH

Nature
[Dear] throws interesting light on the changing criteria used to evaluate natural knowledge, especially the increasing emphasis on experiment. . . . As a full and accurate account of such matters, this book is the best available, and I would recommend it to anyone.
— Michael Hunter
Nature

[Dear] throws interesting light on the changing criteria used to evaluate natural knowledge, especially the increasing emphasis on experiment. . . . As a full and accurate account of such matters, this book is the best available, and I would recommend it to anyone.
— Michael Hunter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691142067
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 285,119
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Peter Dear is professor of history and science and technology studies at Cornell University.
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Table of Contents

Preface
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 Philosophy: Galileo, Kepler, and the Surveyors 65
5 Mechanism: Descartes 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
Index 201
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