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The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199567416

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¥1,628
著者: 
Lawrence M. Principe
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168 ページ
フォーマット
Paperback
サイズ
115 x 173 mm
刊行日
2011年04月
シリーズ
Very Short Introductions

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  • Includes refreshing new insights on developments in early modern science
  • Emphasizes the sociological context of the period and the world view at the time
  • Covers several areas of science including physics, astronomy, chemistry, life sciences, and medicine and introduces the characters and people of the time

   
The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed such fervent investigations of the natural world that the period has been called the 'Scientific Revolution.' New ideas and discoveries not only redefined what human beings believed, knew, and could do, but also forced them to redefine themselves with respect to the strange new worlds revealed by ships and scalpels, telescopes and microscopes, experimentation and contemplation. 

Driven by religious devotion, by practical need, by the promise of fame and profit, or by the simple desire to know, a broad range of thinkers and workers explored and reconceptualized the world around them. Explanatory systems were made, discarded, and remade by some of the best-known names in the entire history of science - Copernicus, Galileo, Newton - and by many others less recognized but no less important. 

In this Very Short Introduction Lawrence M. Principe explores the exciting developments in the sciences of the stars (astronomy, astrology, and cosmology), the sciences of earth (geography, geology, hydraulics, pneumatics), the sciences of matter and motion (alchemy, chemistry, kinematics, physics), the sciences of life (medicine, anatomy, biology, zoology), and much more. The story is told from the perspective of the historical characters themselves, emphasizing their background, context, reasoning, and motivations, and dispelling well-worn myths about the history of science.

目次: 

Introduction: science and natural philosophy
1: New worlds and old worlds
2: The connected world
3: The superlunar world
4: The sublunar world
5: The microcosm and the living world
6: The artificial world
7: Building a world of science
Conclusion

著者について: 

Lawrence M. Principe's research interests focus on the history of science and technology in the late Medieval and early modern periods, with special attention to the history of alchemy/chemistry. He is the Drew Professor of the Humanities at John Hopkins University in the Department of History of Science and Technology and the Department of Chemistry. He has authored or edited ten books and published numerous papers.

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