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The measure of reality : quantification and Western society, 1250-1600

Author: Alfred W Crosby
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Measure of Reality discusses the epochal shift from qualitative to quantitative perception in Western Europe during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. This shift made modern science, technology, business practice, and bureaucracy possible. It affected not only the obvious - such as measurements of time and space and mathematical technique - but, equally and simultaneously, music and painting, thus proving  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Mathematik
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred W Crosby
ISBN: 0521554276 9780521554275
OCLC Number: 34767317
Description: xii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Pantometry achieved. Pantometry: an introduction ; The venerable model ; Necessary but insufficient causes ; Time ; Space ; Mathematics --
Striking the match: Visualization. Visualization: an introduction ; Music ; Painting ; Bookkeeping --
Epilogue. The new model.
Responsibility: Alfred W. Crosby.
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