Reappraisals of the Scientific Revolution


Author: David C. Lindberg,Robert S. Westman

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521348041

Category: Science

Page: 551

View: 1677

A compendium offering broad reflections on the Scientific Revolution from a spectrum of scholars engaged in the study of 16th and 17th century science. Many accepted views and interpretations of the scientific revolution are challenged.

The Scientific Revolution

An Encyclopedia


Author: William E. Burns

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 0874368758

Category: Reference

Page: 386

View: 2169

An encyclopedic collection of key scientists and the tools and concepts they developed that transformed our understanding of the physical world. * Includes over 200 A–Z entries covering topics ranging from Gregorian reform of the calendar to Thomas Hobbes, navigation, thermometers, and the trial of Galileo * Provides a chronology of the scientific revolution from the founding of the Casa de la Contratacion, a repository of navigational and cartographic knowledge, in 1503, to the death of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in 1727

The Scientific Revolution


Author: Steven Shapin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022639848X

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 6408

“There was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution, and this is a book about it.” With this provocative and apparently paradoxical claim, Steven Shapin begins his bold, vibrant exploration of the origins of the modern scientific worldview, now updated with a new bibliographic essay featuring the latest scholarship. “An excellent book.”—Anthony Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review “Timely and highly readable. . . . A book which every scientist curious about our predecessors should read.”—Trevor Pinch, New Scientist “Shapin's account is informed, nuanced, and articulated with clarity. . . . This is not to attack or devalue science but to reveal its richness as the human endeavor that it most surely is. . . . Shapin's book is an impressive achievement.”—David C. Lindberg, Science “It's hard to believe that there could be a more accessible, informed or concise account. . . . The Scientific Revolution should be a set text in all the disciplines. And in all the indisciplines, too.”—Adam Phillips, London Review of Books

Rethinking the Scientific Revolution


Author: Margaret J. Osler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521667906

Category: Science

Page: 340

View: 4933

This collection reconsiders canonical figures and the formation of disciplinary boundaries during the Scientific Revolution.

The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Lawrence Principe

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199567417

Category: Science

Page: 148

View: 5624

Lawrence M. Principe takes a fresh approach to the story of the scientific revolution, emphasising the historical context of the society and its world view at the time. From astronomy to alchemy and medicine to geology, he tells this fascinating story from the perspective of the historical characters involved.

Henry More

And the Scientific Revolution


Author: A. Rupert Hall,David Knight

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521892643

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 4605

Thorough, accessible biography of the greatest English metaphysical theologian and peer of Newton.

Intellectual Curiosity and the Scientific Revolution

A Global Perspective


Author: Toby E. Huff

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139495356

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: N.A

View: 6394

Seventeenth-century Europe witnessed an extraordinary flowering of discoveries and innovations. This study, beginning with the Dutch-invented telescope of 1608, casts Galileo's discoveries into a global framework. Although the telescope was soon transmitted to China, Mughal India, and the Ottoman Empire, those civilizations did not respond as Europeans did to the new instrument. In Europe, there was an extraordinary burst of innovations in microscopy, human anatomy, optics, pneumatics, electrical studies, and the science of mechanics. Nearly all of those aided the emergence of Newton's revolutionary grand synthesis, which unified terrestrial and celestial physics under the law of universal gravitation. That achievement had immense implications for all aspects of modern science, technology, and economic development. The economic implications are set out in the concluding epilogue. All these unique developments suggest why the West experienced a singular scientific and economic ascendancy of at least four centuries.

Controversies Within the Scientific Revolution


Author: Marcelo Dascal,Victor D. Boantza

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027218951

Category: History

Page: 287

View: 9390

From the beginning of the Scientific Revolution around the late sixteenth century to its final crystallization in the early eighteenth century, hardly an observational result, an experimental technique, a theory, a mathematical proof, a methodological principle, or the award of recognition and reputation remained unquestioned for long. The essays collected in this book examine the rich texture of debates that comprised the Scientific Revolution from which the modern conception of science emerged. Were controversies marginal episodes, restricted to certain fields, or were they the rule in the majority of scientific domains? To what extent did scientific controversies share a typical pattern, which distinguished them from debates in other fields? Answers to these historical and philosophical questions are sought through a close attention to specific controversies within and across the changing scientific disciplines as well as across the borders of the natural and the human sciences, philosophy, theology, and technology.

Archives of the Scientific Revolution

The Formation and Exchange of Ideas in Seventeenth-century Europe


Author: Michael Hunter,Michael Cyril William Hunter

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 9780851155531

Category: Science

Page: 216

View: 3638

The seventeenth century in Western Europe remains the key time and place for the development of modern science; the basic theme of this book is what the nature of seventeenth-century archives can tell us about this development, through a series of case studies (Boyle, Galileo, Huygens, Newton included).

The Scientific Revolution

A Historiographical Inquiry


Author: H. F. Cohen

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226112800

Category: History

Page: 662

View: 1898

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.

The Scientific Revolution in National Context


Author: Roy Porter,Mikulas Teich

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521396998

Category: History

Page: 305

View: 1073

The 'scientific revolution' of the sixteenth and seventeenth century continues to command attention in historical debate. 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. 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 each European state and explain different levels of scientific intensity. Questions of institutional development and of the transmission of scientific ideas are also addressed. The emphasis upon national determinants makes this volume an interesting contribution to the study of the Scientific Revolution.

The Invention of Science

A New History of the Scientific Revolution


Author: David Wootton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014191677X

Category: Science

Page: 784

View: 3148

We live in a world made by science. How and when did this happen? This book tells the story of the extraordinary intellectual and cultural revolution that gave birth to modern science, and mounts a major challenge to the prevailing orthodoxy of its history. Before 1492 it was assumed that all significant knowledge was already available; there was no concept of progress; people looked for understanding to the past not the future. This book argues that the discovery of America demonstrated that new knowledge was possible: indeed it introduced the very concept of 'discovery', and opened the way to the invention of science. The first crucial discovery was Tycho Brahe's nova of 1572: proof that there could be change in the heavens. The telescope (1610) rendered the old astronomy obsolete. Torricelli's experiment with the vacuum (1643) led directly to the triumph of the experimental method in the Royal Society of Boyle and Newton. By 1750 Newtonianism was being celebrated throughout Europe. The new science did not consist simply of new discoveries, or new methods. It relied on a new understanding of what knowledge might be, and with this came a new language: discovery, progress, facts, experiments, hypotheses, theories, laws of nature - almost all these terms existed before 1492, but their meanings were radically transformed so they became tools with which to think scientifically. We all now speak this language of science, which was invented during the Scientific Revolution. The new culture had its martyrs (Bruno, Galileo), its heroes (Kepler, Boyle), its propagandists (Voltaire, Diderot), and its patient labourers (Gilbert, Hooke). It led to a new rationalism, killing off alchemy, astrology, and belief in witchcraft. It led to the invention of the steam engine and to the first Industrial Revolution. David Wootton's landmark book changes our understanding of how this great transformation came about, and of what science is.

Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution

From Copernicus to Newton


Author: Wilbur Applebaum

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135582556

Category: History

Page: 800

View: 5230

With unprecedented current coverage of the profound changes in the nature and practice of science in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe, this comprehensive reference work addresses the individuals, ideas, and institutions that defined culture in the age when the modern perception of nature, of the universe, and of our place in it is said to have emerged. Covering the historiography of the period, discussions of the Scientific Revolution's impact on its contemporaneous disciplines, and in-depth analyses of the importance of historical context to major developments in the sciences, The Encyclopedia of the Scientific Revolution is an indispensible resource for students and researchers in the history and philosophy of science.

Galileo and the Scientific Revolution


Author: Laura Fermi,Gilberto Bernardini

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486170020

Category: Science

Page: 128

View: 1975

An absorbing account of the origins of modern science as well as a biography, this book places particular emphasis on Galileo's experiments with telescopes and his observations of the sky.

The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution

Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz, and the Cultivation of Virtue


Author: Matthew L. Jones

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226409562

Category: Science

Page: 336

View: 2444

Amid the unrest, dislocation, and uncertainty of seventeenth-century Europe, readers seeking consolation and assurance turned to philosophical and scientific books that offered ways of conquering fears and training the mind—guidance for living a good life. The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution presents a triptych showing how three key early modern scientists, René Descartes, Blaise Pascal, and Gottfried Leibniz, envisioned their new work as useful for cultivating virtue and for pursuing a good life. Their scientific and philosophical innovations stemmed in part from their understanding of mathematics and science as cognitive and spiritual exercises that could create a truer mental and spiritual nobility. In portraying the rich contexts surrounding Descartes’ geometry, Pascal’s arithmetical triangle, and Leibniz’s calculus, Matthew L. Jones argues that this drive for moral therapeutics guided important developments of early modern philosophy and the Scientific Revolution.

The Scientific Revolution

The Essential Readings


Author: Marcus Hellyer

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 047075477X

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 2493

This book introduces students to the best recent writings on the Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Introduces students to the best recent writings on the Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Covers a wide range of topics including astronomy, science and religion, natural philosophy, technology, medicine and alchemy. Represents a broad range of approaches from the seminal to the innovative. Presents work by scholars who have been at the forefront of reinterpreting the Scientific Revolution.

The Renaissance and the Scientific Revolution

Biographical Portraits


Author: Brian Scott Baigrie

Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons

ISBN: 9780684806464

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 210

View: 3595

Briefly details the lives and education of eighty-nine European men and one woman and describes their contributions to the scientific world between 1500 and 1800.

Absolutism and the Scientific Revolution, 1600-1720

A Biographical Dictionary


Author: Christopher Baker

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313308277

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 450

View: 3242

Profiles important figures from the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, a period of transition between the old world and the modern world.

Isaac Newton

And the Scientific Revolution


Author: Gale E. Christianson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190282401

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

View: 4831

In 1665, when an epidemic of the plague forced Cambridge University to close, Isaac Newton, then a young, undistinguished scholar, returned to his childhood home in rural England. Away from his colleagues and professors, Newton embarked on one of the greatest intellectual odysseys in the history of science: he began to formulate the law of universal gravitation, developed the calculus, and made revolutionary discoveries about the nature of light. After his return to Cambridge, Newton's genius was quickly recognized and his reputation forever established. This biography also allows us to see the personal side of Newton, whose life away from science was equally fascinating. Quarrelsome, quirky, and not above using his position to silence critics and further his own career, he was an authentic genius with all too human faults.