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Ingenious pursuits : building the scientific revolution

Author: Lisa Jardine
Publisher: London : Little, Brown ; [New York] : [Nan A. Talese], 1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Ingenious Pursuits, Lisa Jardine documents the forces for change which laid the foundations of modern thought, focusing on some of its important scientific components: precise time measurement, enhanced astronomical observation, plant breeding, technological advances in navigation, chemical substance analysis, the mathematics of naturally occurring curves. With each successive wave of practical innovations, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Jardine
ISBN: 0316647527 9780316647526 9780385493253 0385493258
OCLC Number: 63117194
Description: xx, 444 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Prefatory note --
Introduction --
Signs of the times --
Scale models --
Subtle anatomy --
Running like clockwork --
Breaking new ground --
Strange specimens --
Examining the evidence --
Committed to paper --
Epilogue --
Case of characters.
Responsibility: Lisa Jardine.

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"In Ingenious Pursuits, Lisa Jardine documents the forces for change which laid the foundations of modern thought, focusing on some of its important scientific components: precise time measurement, enhanced astronomical observation, plant breeding, technological advances in navigation, chemical substance analysis, the mathematics of naturally occurring curves. With each successive wave of practical innovations, the inquiring minds of the next generation were enabled to identify the key problems on which to focus their attention. Jardine stresses that the discoveries they made grew out of the preoccupations and pressures of an active and engaged everyday life."--Jacket.

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