The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution

The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution

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by Deborah E. Harkness
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300143168

ISBN-13: 9780300143164

Pub. Date: 10/28/2008

Publisher: Yale University Press

Bestselling author Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night) explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature. These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers,

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Bestselling author Deborah Harkness (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night) explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature. These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters, she contends, formed a patchwork scientific community whose practices set the stage for the Scientific Revolution. While Francis Bacon has been widely regarded as the father of modern science, scores of his London contemporaries also deserve a share in this distinction. It was their collaborative, yet often contentious, ethos that helped to develop the ideals of modern scientific research.

The book examines six particularly fascinating episodes of scientific inquiry and dispute in sixteenth-century London, bringing to life the individuals involved and the challenges they faced. These men and women experimented and invented, argued and competed, waged wars in the press, and struggled to understand the complexities of the natural world. Together their stories illuminate the blind alleys and surprising twists and turns taken as medieval philosophy gave way to the empirical, experimental culture that became a hallmark of the Scientific Revolution.

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ISBN-13:
9780300143164
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
312,353
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix Conventions xiii A Note About "Science" xv Prelude: London, 1600: The View from Somewhere 1
1 Living on Lime Street: "English" Natural History and the European Republic of Letters 15
2 The Contest over Medical Authority: Valentine Russwurin and the Barber-Surgeons 57
3 Educating Icarus and Displaying Daedalus: Mathematics and Instrumentation in Elizabethan London 97
4 "Big Science" in Elizabethan London 142
5 Clement Draper's Prison Notebooks: Reading, Writing, and Doing Science 181
6 From the Jewel House to Salomon's House: Hugh Plat, Francis Bacon, and the Social Foundations of the Scientific Revolution 211 Coda: Toward an Ethnography of Early Modern Science 254 Notes 261 Bibliography 299 Index 331

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