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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 : Document : Biography   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Scientific Revolution is one of the defining events in modern history - perhaps more than any other, the series of events and discoveries which have shaped the modern world. How did Europe, and then the rest of the world, separate empirical knowledge from supposition and superstition, and what extraordinary transformations did this bring about? This landmark book is a new account of the Scientific Revolution  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Ebook version :
Named Person: Tycho Brahe
Material Type: Biography, Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
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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