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New worlds, ancient texts : the power of tradition and the shock of discovery

Author: Anthony Grafton; April Shelford; Nancy G Siraisi
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992.
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On encountering what he called "the Indies," the Jesuit Jose de Acosta wrote, "Having read what poets and philosophers write of the Torrid Zone, I persuaded myself that when I came to the Equator, I would not be able to endure the violent heat, but it turned out otherwise... What could I do then but laugh at Aristotle's Meteorology and his philosophy?" Acosta's experience echoes that of his fellow travelers to the  Read more...
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Grafton, Anthony.
New worlds, ancient texts.
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992
(OCoLC)609333359
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anthony Grafton; April Shelford; Nancy G Siraisi
ISBN: 0674618750 9780674618756 0674618769 9780674618763
OCLC Number: 25712175
Description: x, 282 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Foreword / Timothy Healy --
1. A Bound World: The Scholar's Cosmos --
2. Navigators and Conquerors: The Universe of the Practical Man --
3. All Coherence Gone --
4. Drugs and Diseases: New World Biology and Old World Learning --
5. A New World of Learning.
Responsibility: Anthony Grafton with April Shelford and Nancy Siraisi.

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On encountering what he called "the Indies," the Jesuit Jose de Acosta wrote, "Having read what poets and philosophers write of the Torrid Zone, I persuaded myself that when I came to the Equator, I would not be able to endure the violent heat, but it turned out otherwise... What could I do then but laugh at Aristotle's Meteorology and his philosophy?" Acosta's experience echoes that of his fellow travelers to the New World, and it is this experience, with its profound effect on Western culture, that Anthony Grafton charts. Describing an era of exploration that went far beyond geographic bounds, this book shows how the evidence of the New World shook the foundations of the old, upsetting the authority of the ancient texts that had guided Europeans so far afield. The intellectual shift mapped out here, a movement from book learning to empirical knowledge, did not take place easily or quickly, and Grafton presents it in all its drama and complexity. What he recounts is in effect a war of ideas fought, sometimes unwittingly by mariners, scientists, publishers, scholars, and rulers over one hundred fifty years. He shows us explorers from Cortes and Columbus to Scaliger and Munster, laden with ideas gathered from ancient and medieval texts, in their encounters with the world at large. In colorful vignettes, firsthand accounts, published debates, and copious illustrations, we see these men and their contemporaries trying to make sense of their discoveries as they sometimes confirm, sometimes contest, and finally displace traditional images and notions of the world beyond Europe. The fundamental cultural revolution that Grafton documents still reverberates in our time. By taking us into this battle of books versus facts, a conflict that has shaped global views for centuries, Grafton allows us to re-experience and understand the Renaissance as it continues to this day.

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