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New Worlds, Ancient Texts The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery

ISBN-10: 0674618769
ISBN-13: 9780674618763
Edition: 1992
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Book details

List price: $39.50
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 294
Size: 8.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Describing an era of exploration during the Renaissance 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. What Grafton recounts is a war of ideas fought by mariners, scientists, publishers, and rulers over a period of 150 years. In colorful vignettes, 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 notions of the world beyond Europe.

April Shelford is a graduate student in history at Princeton University.

Foreword by Timothy Healy
Introduction
A Bound World: The Scholar's Cosmos
Navigators and Conquerors: The Universe of the Practical Man
All Coherence Gone
Drugs and Diseases: New World Biology and Old World Learning
A New World of Learning
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Illustration Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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