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Physical Science in the Middle Ages

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ISBN-10: 0521292948

ISBN-13: 9780521292948

Edition: 1977

Authors: Edward Grant, George Basalla, Owen Hannaway

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This concise introduction to the history of physical science in the Middle Ages begins with a description of the feeble state of early medieval science and its revitalization during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, as evidenced by the explosion of knowledge represented by extensive translations of Greek and Arabic treatises. The content and concepts that came to govern science from the late twelfth century onwards were powerfully shaped and dominated by the science and philosophy of Aristotle. It is, therefore, by focussing attention on problems and controversies associated with Aristotelian science that the reader is introduced to the significant scientific developments and interpretations formulated in the later Middle Ages. The concluding chapter presents a new interpretation of the medieval failure to abandon the physics and cosmology of Aristotle and explains why, despite serious criticisms, they were not generally repudiated during this period. As detailed critical bibliography completes the work.
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 1977
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/27/1978
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Edward Grant is Professor of History and History of science and Chairman of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University, Bloomington.

The State of Science from 500 A.D. to 1000 A.D.
The Beginning of the Beginning and the Age of Translation, 1000 A.D. to 1200 A.D.
The Medieval University and the Impact of Aristotelian Thought
The Physics of Motion
Earth, Heavens, and Beyond
Conclusion
Bibliographical Essay
Index