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Revolutionizing the Sciences (3rd Edition)

European Knowledge in Transition, 1500-1700

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This heavily revised third edition of an award-winning text offers a keen insight into the development of scientific thought in early modern Europe. Including coverage of the central scientific figures of the time, including...

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This heavily revised third edition of an award-winning text offers a keen insight into the development of scientific thought in early modern Europe. Including coverage of the central scientific figures of the time, including Copernicus, Kelper, Galileo, Newton and Bacon, this book provides a comprehensive overview of how the Scientific Revolution happened and why.  Highlighting Europe’s colonial and trade expansion in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, Peter Dear traces the revolution in scientific thought that changed the natural world from something to be contemplated into something to be used.

This book is ideal for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Early Modern History, European History, History of Medicine, History of Science and Technology and the History and Philosophy of Science. The first edition was the winner of the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize of the History of Science Society.

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Provides a comprehensive overview of principal themes and topics
Features a rich variety of illustrations, a glossary of major terms and a detailed list of further reading  
Written by a renowned expert whose work has shaped the field






Greater treatment of alchemy and associated craft activities, to reflect ongoing new scholarship
More focus on geographical issues, especially relating to Spain and its New World territories, as well as Eastern Europe, but also further afield in Islamic territories including the Ottoman Empire, and South and East Asia
New material on the themes of `science and religion', gender and class
More extensive treatment of the relationship in this period of medicine to the various sciences and especially to new natural philosophies
Incorporation of new scholarship throughout
A whole chapter dedicated to Francis Bacon
Further discussion of the gendered elements of natural philosophy
A brand new historiographical essay











Preface
Introduction: Natural Philosophy and Instrumentality
'What Was Worth Knowing' in 1500
Humanism and Ancient Wisdom: How to Learn Things in the Sixteenth Century
Paracelsus and Bacon: Philosophy as Practical Knowledge
Mathematical Practitioners and Mathematical Philosophers
Mechanism and Corpuscles: Descartes Builds a Universe
Extra-Curricular Activities: New Places for Natural Knowledge
Experiment: How to Learn Things about Nature in the Seventeenth Century
Cartesians and Newtonians
Conclusion: What Was Worth Knowing by the Eighteenth Century?
Notes and References
Documentation and Further Reading
Dramatis Personae
Glossary of Major Terms
Index.
This book is required reading for students and teachers of science in early modern Europe. With clear prose and a strong narrative, Dear guides the reader through the methodological and metaphysical upheavals that defined early modern science. – Michael Bycroft, University of Warwick, UK
Revolutionizing the Sciences is a highly-engaging and readable history that both explains traditional interpretations of the Scientific Revolution and offers challenging and innovative revisions to those accounts. The book is a critical starting-point for understanding the many fascinating debates around the origins of modern science going on today. – Simon Werrett, University College London, UK
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PETER DEAR is Professor of History and of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, USA.

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PETER DEAR is Professor of History and of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University, USA.

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