The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West / Edition 2

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Overview

Toby Huff examines the long-standing question of why modern science arose only in the West and not in the civilizations of Islam and China, despite the fact that medieval Islam and China were more scientifically advanced. Huff explores the cultural contexts within which science was practiced in Islam, China, and the West. He finds major clues in the history of law and the European cultural revolution of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, as to why the ethos of science arose in the West and permitted the breakthrough to modern science that did not occur elsewhere. First Edition Hb (1993): 0-521-43496-3 First Edition Pb (1995): 0-521-49833-3
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"...Huff provides a thorough, coherent hypothesis and thus helps sharpen the debates on the rise of modern science." MESA Bulletin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521823029
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; New preface; Preface - 1993; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. The comparative study of science; 2. Arabic science and the Islamic world; 3. Reason and rationality in Islam and the West; 4. The European legal revolution; 5. Madrasas, universities, and sciences; 6. Cultural climates and the ethos of science; 7. Science and civilization in China; 8. Science and social organization in China; 9. The rise of early modern science; Epilogue: educational reform and attitudes towards science since the eighteenth century; Selected bibliography; Index.
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