The Scientific Revolution: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

The Scientific Revolution: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

by Margaret C. C. Jacob
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312463936

ISBN-13: 9780312463939

Pub. Date: 11/04/2009

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

This volume by Margaret C. Jacob explores the Scientific Revolution from its origins in the early sixteenth century to its widespread acceptance in Western societies in the late eighteenth century. Jacob’s introduction outlines the trajectory of the Scientific Revolution and argues that the revival of ancient texts in the Renaissance and the upheaval of the

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This volume by Margaret C. Jacob explores the Scientific Revolution from its origins in the early sixteenth century to its widespread acceptance in Western societies in the late eighteenth century. Jacob’s introduction outlines the trajectory of the Scientific Revolution and argues that the revival of ancient texts in the Renaissance and the upheaval of the Protestant Reformation paved the way for science. The collected documents include writings of well-known scientists and philosophers, such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, Rene Descartes, and Isaac Newton, as well as primary sources documenting innovations in medicine and engineering, advances in scientific investigations, and the popularization of the scientific revolution through academies and their journals. Document headnotes, questions for consideration, a chronology, and a selected bibliography support students’ study of the Scientific Revolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312463939
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
11/04/2009
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.57(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
List of Illustrations
 
PART ONE. INTRODUCTION: THE EVOLUTION AND
  IMPACT OF THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
 Why Did the Scientific Revolution Happen?
 Aristotle, Ptolemy, and their Early Modern Defenders
 Exploration and Technological Innovation
 The Emergence of the Scientific Revolution
 The New Science
 The Mechanical Philosophy
 Newtonian Science
 Reconciling, Science, Religion, and Magic
 Spreading the Scientific Revolution
 Conclusion: The Long Road to Acceptance
 
PART TWO: THE DOCUMENTS   
 1. Nicolaus Copernicus, On the Revolution of the Heavenly
       Orbs, 1543
 2. Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, 1605
 3. Francis Bacon, The Great Instauration, 1620  
 4. Galileo Galilei, The Starry Messenger, 1610
 5. William Harvey, On The Motion Of The Heart And Blood
       In Animals, 1628
 6. René Descartes, Discourse on Method, 1637
 7. Robert Boyle, New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, 1660
 8. Robert Boyle, A Free-Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received
       Notion of Nature, 1686
 9. Anthony van Leeuwenhoek, Of the Formation of the Teeth in
      Several Animals; the Structure of the Human Teeth
      Explained…., 1683
 10. Isaac Newton, Letter to Philosophical Transactions of the
         Royal Society, 1672
 11. Isaac Newton, Selections from Principia, 1687
 12. Isaac Newton, Thirty-first Query to the Opticks, 1718
 13. Christiaan Huygens, The Celestial Worlds Discovered, 1698
 14. Maria Sibylla Merian, Letter of 1702
 15. Maria Sibylla Merian, Butterfly, Hawk-moth, Caterpillar
 16. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 1713-14
 17. Jean Desaguliers, Physico-Mechanical Lectures, 1717 
 18. Benjamin Franklin, Experiments and Observations on
         Electricity Made in Philadelphia in America, 1751
 
Appendixes              
    A Chronology of the Scientific Revolution (1514-1752)
    Questions for Consideration
    Selected Bibliography
Index

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