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The invention of science : a new history of the scientific revolution

Author: David Wootton
Publisher: London : Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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We live in a world made by science. How and when did this happen? This book features a story of intellectual and cultural revolution that gave birth to modern science, and mounts a major challenge to  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Wootton
ISBN: 9781846142109 1846142105
OCLC Number: 922020802
Awards: Cundill Prize in Historical Literature Finalist, 2016.
Description: xiv, 769 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Modern minds --
2. The idea of the scientific revolution --
Part One: The Heavens and the Earth --
3. Inventing discovery --
4. Planet Earth --
Part Two: Seeing is believing --
5. The mathematization of the World --
6. Gulliver's Worldes --
Part Three: Making knowledge --
7. Facts --
8. Experiments --
9. Laws --
10. Hypotheses/theories --
11. Evidence and judgement --
Part Four: Birth of the Modern --
12. Machines --
13. The disenchantment of the World --
14. Knowledge is power --
Conclusion: The invention of science --
15. In defiance of nature --
16. These Postmodern days --
17. 'What do I know?'.
Responsibility: David Wootton.

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The seventeenth century saw the emergence of the mindset that characterizes modern science. David Wootton lucidly describes the individuals, the experiments and the controversies that marked this Read more...

 
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