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Reconfiguring the world : nature, God, and human understanding from the Middle Ages to early modern Europe

Author: Margaret J Osler
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Series: Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science.
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Tracing the views of the natural world to their biblical, Greek, and Arabic sources, Osler demonstrates the impact of the Renaissance recovery of ancient texts, printing, the Protestant Reformation, and the exploration of the New World. She shows how the traditional disciplinary boundaries established by Aristotle changed dramatically during this period and finds the tensions of science and religion expressed as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret J Osler
ISBN: 9780801896552 080189655X 9780801896569 0801896568
OCLC Number: 476834538
Description: x, 184 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Western view of the world before 1500 --
Winds of change : searching for a new philosophy of nature --
Observing the heavens : from Aristotelian cosmology to the uniformity of nature --
Creating a new philosophy of nature --
Shifting boundaries : from mixed mathematics to mathematical physics --
Exploring the properties of matter : alchemy and chemistry --
Studying life : plants, animals, and humans --
Rethinking the universe : Newton on gravity and God.
Series Title: Johns Hopkins introductory studies in the history of science.
Responsibility: Margaret J. Osler.

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Change in human understanding of the natural world during the early modern period marks one of the most important episodes in intellectual history. The author treats the development of the sciences  Read more...

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An invaluable contribution to the literature of the history and philosophy of science, presented with clarity, intelligence, and economy... Highly recommended. Choice 2011

 
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