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Revolutionizing the sciences : European knowledge and its ambitions, 1500-1700

Author: Peter Dear
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is an ideal textbook on the Scientific Revolution for courses on the history of science or the history of early modern Europe. The text is chronologically arranged and fully covers both the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, standing alone as an up-to-date, complete general introduction to the origins of modern science in Europe." "Revolutionizing the Sciences is the best available choice for teaching or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Dear
ISBN: 0691088594 9780691088594 0691088608 9780691088600
OCLC Number: 46622656
Awards: Winner of Watson Davis Prize 2002.
Description: viii, 208 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Philosophy and operationalism --
"What was worth knowing" in 1500 --
Humanism and ancient wisdom: how to learn things in the sixteenth century --
The scholar and the craftsman: Paracelsus, Gilbert, Bacon --
Mathematics challenges philosophy: Galileo, Kepler, and the surveyors --
Mechanism: descartes builds a universe --
Extra-curricular activities: new homes for natural knowledge --
Experiment: how to learn things about nature in the seventeenth century --
Cartesians and Newtonians --
Conclusion: What was worth knowing by the eighteenth century?
Responsibility: Peter Dear.
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