skip to content
Autonomous nature : problems of prediction and control from ancient times to the scientific revolution Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Autonomous nature : problems of prediction and control from ancient times to the scientific revolution

Author: Carolyn Merchant
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Autonomous Nature investigates the history of nature as an active, often unruly force in tension with nature as a rational, logical order from ancient times to the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. Along with subsequent advances in mechanics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, nature came to be perceived as an orderly, rational, physical world that could be engineered, controlled,  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy online

Links to this item

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Merchant
ISBN: 9781138930995 1138930997 9781138931008 1138931004
OCLC Number: 912378469
Description: xiii, 196 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction:Can nature be controlled?. Autonomous nature --
Greco-Roman concepts of nature --
Christianity and nature --
Nature personified : Renaissance ideas of nature --
Controlling nature. Vexing nature : Francis Bacon and the origins of experimentation --
Natural law : Spinoza on natura naturans and natura naturata --
Laws of nature :Lleibniz and Newton --
Epilogue : rambunctious nature in the twenty-first century.
Responsibility: Carolyn Merchant.

Abstract:

Autonomous Nature investigates the history of nature as an active, often unruly force in tension with nature as a rational, logical order from ancient times to the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. Along with subsequent advances in mechanics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, nature came to be perceived as an orderly, rational, physical world that could be engineered, controlled, and managed. Autonomous Nature focuses on the history of unpredictability, why it was a problem for the ancient world through the Scientific Revolution, and why it is a problem for today. The work is set in the context of vignettes about unpredictable events such as the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the Bubonic Plague, the Lisbon Earthquake, and efforts to understand and predict the weather and natural disasters. This book is an ideal text for courses on the environment, environmental history, history of science, or the philosophy of science. --

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

In this ambitious history of ideas, Carolyn Merchant calls attention to the ancient idea of nature as unpredictable, rebellious, and impossible to understand and control completely. She urges us to Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/912378469> # Autonomous nature : problems of prediction and control from ancient times to the scientific revolution
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
    library:oclcnum "912378469" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/chaotic_behavior_in_systems> ; # Chaotic behavior in systems
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/complexity_philosophy> ; # Complexity (Philosophy)
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/nature_forecasting> ; # Nature--Forecasting
    schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/classification/BD581> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/philosophy_of_nature> ; # Philosophy of nature
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/nature_effect_of_human_beings_on> ; # Nature--Effect of human beings on
    schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/113/e23/> ;
    schema:author <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Person/merchant_carolyn> ; # Carolyn Merchant
    schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
    schema:copyrightYear "2016" ;
    schema:datePublished "2016" ;
    schema:description "Introduction:Can nature be controlled?. Autonomous nature -- Greco-Roman concepts of nature -- Christianity and nature -- Nature personified : Renaissance ideas of nature -- Controlling nature. Vexing nature : Francis Bacon and the origins of experimentation -- Natural law : Spinoza on natura naturans and natura naturata -- Laws of nature :Lleibniz and Newton -- Epilogue : rambunctious nature in the twenty-first century."@en ;
    schema:description "Autonomous Nature investigates the history of nature as an active, often unruly force in tension with nature as a rational, logical order from ancient times to the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century. Along with subsequent advances in mechanics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, nature came to be perceived as an orderly, rational, physical world that could be engineered, controlled, and managed. Autonomous Nature focuses on the history of unpredictability, why it was a problem for the ancient world through the Scientific Revolution, and why it is a problem for today. The work is set in the context of vignettes about unpredictable events such as the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the Bubonic Plague, the Lisbon Earthquake, and efforts to understand and predict the weather and natural disasters. This book is an ideal text for courses on the environment, environmental history, history of science, or the philosophy of science. --"@en ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/2593932083> ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:name "Autonomous nature : problems of prediction and control from ancient times to the scientific revolution"@en ;
    schema:productID "912378469" ;
    schema:url <https://www.tcd.ie/library/using-library/eLD/#PDA> ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781138930995> ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781138931008> ;
    wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/912378469> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Person/merchant_carolyn> # Carolyn Merchant
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:familyName "Merchant" ;
    schema:givenName "Carolyn" ;
    schema:name "Carolyn Merchant" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/chaotic_behavior_in_systems> # Chaotic behavior in systems
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Chaotic behavior in systems"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/complexity_philosophy> # Complexity (Philosophy)
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Complexity (Philosophy)"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/nature_effect_of_human_beings_on> # Nature--Effect of human beings on
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Nature--Effect of human beings on"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/nature_forecasting> # Nature--Forecasting
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Nature--Forecasting"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/2593932083#Topic/philosophy_of_nature> # Philosophy of nature
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Philosophy of nature"@en ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781138930995>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "1138930997" ;
    schema:isbn "9781138930995" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9781138931008>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "1138931004" ;
    schema:isbn "9781138931008" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/912378469>
    a genont:InformationResource, genont:ContentTypeGenericResource ;
    schema:about <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/912378469> ; # Autonomous nature : problems of prediction and control from ancient times to the scientific revolution
    schema:dateModified "2018-08-17" ;
    void:inDataset <http://purl.oclc.org/dataset/WorldCat> ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.