The Scientific Revolution: A Historiographical Inquiry

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Overview

In this first book-length historiographical study of the Scientific Revolution, H. Floris Cohen examines the body of work on the intellectual, social, and cultural origins of early modern science. Cohen critically surveys a wide range of scholarship since the nineteenth century, offering new perspectives on how the Scientific Revolution changed forever the way we understand the natural world and our place in it.

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.

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An ambitious study examining past and current scholarship on the intellectual, social and cultural origins of early modern science. Cohen (U. of Twente, The Netherlands) critically surveys scholarly scientific thought including that of Galileo, Kepler, Newton and numerous others and explores such questions as why the scientific revolution took place in 17th-century Western Europe rather than in ancient Greece, China, or the Islamic world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226112800
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 662
  • Sales rank: 554,974
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
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
Notes 527
Bibliography 603
Index 619
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