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Rethinking the Scientific Revolution

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ISBN-10: 0521667909

ISBN-13: 9780521667906

Edition: 2000

Authors: Margaret J. Osler

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This book challenges the traditional historiography of the Scientific Revolution, probably the single most important unifying concept in the history of science. Usually referring to the period from Copernicus to Newton (roughly 1500 to 1700), the Scientific Revolution is considered to be the central episode in the history of science, the historical moment at which that unique way of looking at the world that we call 'modern science' and its attendant institutions emerged. It has been taken as the terminus a quo of all that followed. Starting with a dialogue between Betty Jo Teeter Dobbs and Richard S. Westfall, whose understanding of the Scientific Revolution differed in important ways, the…    
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 3/13/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.25" wide x 12.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

List of Contributors
Preface
Introduction
The Canonical Imperative: Rethinking the Scientific Revolution
The Canon in Question
Newton as Final Cause and First Mover
The Scientific Revolution Reasserted
Canonical Disciplines Re-Formed
The Role of Religion in the Lutheran Response to Copernicus
Catholic Natural Philosophy: Alchemy and the Revivification of Sir Kenelm Digby
Vital Spirits: Redemption, Artisanship, and the New Philosophy in Early Modern Europe
"The Terriblest Eclipse That Hath Been Seen in Our Days": Black Monday and the Debate on Astrology during the Interregnum
Arguing about Nothing: Henry More and Robert Boyle on the Theological Implications of the Void
Canonical Figures Reconsidered
Pursuing Knowledge: Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton
The Alchemies of Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton: Alternate Approaches and Divergent Deployments
The Janus Faces of Science in the Seventeenth Century: Athanasius Kircher and Isaac Newton
The Nature of Newton's "Holy Alliance" between Science and Religion: From the Scientific Revolution to Newton (and Back Again)
The Fate of the Date: The Theology of Newton's Principia Revisited
Newton and Spinoza and the Bible Scholarship of the Day
The Canon Constructed
The Truth of Newton's Science and the Truth of Science's History: Heroic Science at Its Eighteenth-Century Formulation
Index