The Scientific Revolution in National Context

The Scientific Revolution in National Context

by Roy Porter
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521395100

ISBN-13: 9780521395106

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The "Scientific Revolution" of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries continues to command attention in historical debate. What was its nature? How did it develop? Controversy still rages about the extent to which it was essentially a "revolution of the mind," or how far it must also be explained by wider considerations--social, economic, political and cultural. In…  See more details below

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The "Scientific Revolution" of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries continues to command attention in historical debate. What was its nature? How did it develop? Controversy still rages about the extent to which it was essentially a "revolution of the mind," or how far it must also be explained by wider considerations--social, economic, political and cultural. In this volume, leading scholars of early modern science argue the importance of specifically national contexts for understanding the transformation in natural philosophy between Copernicus and Newton. Distinct political, religious, cultural and linguistic formations shaped scientific interests and concerns differently in Italy, France, Britain, the Germanies, Spain, and so on, and explain different levels of scientific intensity. Questions of institutional development, and of the transmission of scientific ideas, are also addressed. The emphasis on national determinants makes this volume an entirely original contribution to the study of the scientific revolution.

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ISBN-13:
9780521395106
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

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Table of Contents

Notes on contributors; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Scientific revolution, social bricolage and etiquette Mario Biagioli; 2. The scientific revolution in France L. W. B. Brockliss; 3. The scientific revolution in the German nations William Clark; 4. The new philosophy in the low countries Harold J. Cook; 5. The scientific revolution in Poland Jerzy Dobrzycki; 6. The scientific revolution in Spain and Portugal David Goodman; 7. The scientific revolution in England John Henry; 8. The scientific revolution in Bohemia Josef Smolka; 9. Instituting science in Sweden Sven Widmalm; 10. The scientific revolution in Scotland Paul Wood; Index.

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