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Cohen's discussions range from scholarly interpretations of Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, to the question of why the Scientific Revolution took place in seventeenth-century Western Europe, rather than in ancient Greece, China, or the Islamic world. Cohen contends that the emergence of early modern science was essential to the rise of the modern world, in the way it fostered advances in technology.
A valuable entrée to the literature on the Scientific Revolution, this book assesses both a controversial body of scholarship, and contributes to understanding how modern science came into the world.
|List of Principal Authors|
|1||'Almost a New Nature'||1|
|Pt. 1||Defining the Nature of the Scientific Revolution|
|2||The Great Tradition||21|
|3||The New Science in a Wider Setting||151|
|Pt. 2||The Search for Causes of the Scientific Revolution|
|4||The Emergence of Early Modern Science from Previous Western Thought on Nature||239|
|5||The Emergence of Early Modern Science from Events in the History of Western Europe||308|
|6||The Nonemergence of Early Modern Science outside Western Europe||378|
|Pt. 3||Summary and Conclusions: 'The Banquet of Truth'|
|7||The Scientific Revolution: Fifty Years in the Life of a Concept||491|
|8||The Structure of the Scientific Revolution||506|