Revolutionizing the Sciences: European Knowledge and Its Ambitions, 1500-1700

Revolutionizing the Sciences: European Knowledge and Its Ambitions, 1500-1700

by Peter Dear
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691088608

ISBN-13: 9780691088600

Pub. Date: 03/12/2001

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 that Europeans understood their world. In this book, Peter Dear offers an accessible introduction to the origins of modern science for both students and

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 that Europeans understood their world. In this book, Peter Dear offers an accessible introduction to the origins of modern science for both students and general readers.

Beginning with "what was worth knowing in 1500," Dear takes the reader through natural philosophy, humanism, mathematics, and experimentalism until he can describe "what was worth knowing by the eighteenth century." Along the way, he discusses the key ideas, individuals, and social changes that constituted the Scientific Revolution.

For all of its economy and broad appeal, Revolutionizing the Sciences never sacrifices sophistication of treatment. Dear questions triumphal ideas of scientific progress, unravels the connections between scientific knowledge and power over nature, and distinguishes between the scientific renaissance that characterized the sixteenth century and the more fundamental revolution that occurred in the seventeenth.

This is an ideal textbook on the Scientific Revolution for courses on the history of science or the history of early modern Europe. The text is chronologically arranged and fully covers both the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, standing alone as an up-to-date, complete general introduction to the origins of modern science in Europe.

Revolutionizing the Sciences is the best available choice for teaching or learning about the developments that came to be called the Scientific Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691088600
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/12/2001
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.55(d)

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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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