Jewel House Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution

ISBN-10: 0300143168

ISBN-13: 9780300143164

Edition: 2008

Authors: Deborah E. Harkness

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This book explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature. These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber-surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters Deborah Harkness contends formed a patchwork scientific community whose practices set the stage for the Scientific Revolution. While Francis Bacon has been widely regarded as the father of modern science, scores of his London contemporaries also deserve a share in this distinction. It was their collaborative, yet often contentious, ethos that helped to develop the ideals of modern scientific research. The book examines six particularly fascinating episodes of scientific inquiry and dispute in sixteenth-century London, bringing to life the individuals involved and the challenges they faced. These men and women experimented and invented, argued and competed, waged wars in the press, and struggled to understand the complexities of the natural world. Together their stories illuminate the blind alleys and surprising twists and turns taken as medieval philosophy gave way to the empirical, experimental culture that became a hallmark of the Scientific Revolution.
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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

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