Scientific Revolution

ISBN-10: 0199567417
ISBN-13: 9780199567416
Edition: 2011
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List price: $7.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 4/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed such fervent investigations of the natural world that the period has been called the 'Scientific Revolution.' New ideas and discoveries not only redefined what human beings believed, knew, and could do, but also forced them to redefine themselves with respect to the strange new worlds revealed by ships and scalpels, telescopes and microscopes, experimentation and contemplation. Driven by religious devotion, by practical need, by the promise of fame and profit, or by the simple desire to know, a broad range of thinkers and workers explored and reconceptualized the world around them. Explanatory systems were made, discarded, and remade by some of the best-known names in the entire history of science - Copernicus, Galileo, Newton - and by many others less recognized but no less important. In this Very Short Introduction Lawrence M. Principe explores the exciting developments in the sciences of the stars (astronomy, astrology, and cosmology), the sciences of earth (geography, geology, hydraulics, pneumatics), the sciences of matter and motion (alchemy, chemistry, kinematics, physics), the sciences of life (medicine, anatomy, biology, zoology), and much more. The story is told from the perspective of the historical characters themselves, emphasizing their background,context, reasoning, and motivations, and dispelling well-worn myths about the history of science.

Lawrence M. Principe is the Drew Professor of the Humanities in the Department of the History of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. 

Introduction: science and natural philosophy
New worlds and old worlds
The connected world
The superlunar world
The sublunar world
The microcosm and the living world
The artificial world
Building a world of science
Conclusion

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