Man and Nature in the Renaissance

ISBN-10: 0521293286

ISBN-13: 9780521293280

Edition: 1978

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Man and Nature in the Renaissance offers an introduction to science and medicine during the earlier phases of the scientific revolution, from the mid-fifteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century. Renaissance science has frequently been approached in terms of the progress of the exact sciences of mathematics and astronomy, to the neglect of the broader intellectual context of the period. Conversely, those authors who have emphasized the latter frequently play down the importance of the technical scientific developments. In this book, Professor Debus amalgamates these approaches: The exact sciences of the period are discussed in detail, but reference is constantly made to religious and philosophical concepts that play little part in the science of our own time. Thus, the renewed interest in mystical texts and the subsequent impact of alchemy, astrology, and natural magic on the development of modern science and medicine are central to the account. Major themes that are followed throughout the book include the effects of humanism, the search for a new method of science, and the dialogue between proponents of the mystical-occult world view and the mathematical-observational approach to nature.
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Book details

List price: $45.99
Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 10/31/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 172
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.770
Language: English

Preface
Tradition and reform
The chemical key
The study of nature in a changing world
The study of man
A new world system
New methods and a new science
The new philosophy - a chemical debate
Epilogue and indecision
Suggestions for further reading
Sources of quotations
Index
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