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The Scientific Revolution in National Context (Paperback)

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Paperback 320 Pages / Published: 25/09/1992
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The 'scientific revolution' of the sixteenth and seventeenth century continues to command attention in historical debate. Controversy still rages about the extent to which it was essentially a 'revolution of the mind', or how far it must also be explained by wider considerations. In this volume, leading scholars of early modern science argue the importance of specifically national contexts for understanding the transformation in natural philosophy between Copernicus and Newton. Distinct political, religious, cultural and linguistic formations shaped scientific interests and concerns differently in each European state and explain different levels of scientific intensity. Questions of institutional development and of the transmission of scientific ideas are also addressed. The emphasis upon national determinants makes this volume an interesting contribution to the study of the Scientific Revolution.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521396998
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'In this successful formula the subject is essentially treated by specialists on a national basis, this volume offering France (L. W. Brockliss), the German Lands (William Clark), the Low Countries (Harold Cook), Poland (Jerzy Dobrzycki), Iberia (David Goodman), England (John Henry), Bohemia (Josef Smolka), Sweden (Sven Widmalm), Italy (Mario Biagoli), and Scotland (Paul Wood), as well as an editorial introduction.' Archives
"...I would recommend it for its attempt to address the interplay between the cosmopolitan nature of the scientific enterprise and specific national contexts." Mordechai Feingold, Science
"The essays argue for two competing models of scientific culture: the humanist republic of letters in which natural philosophers made their reputation and the local world in whcih they made their fortunes....the contributors to this volume...open up many interesting avenues worthy of further exploration regarding the relationship between ideas and the context in which they develop." Paula Findlen, Sixteenth Century Journal
"The "Scientific Revolution" of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries continues to command attention in historical debate. What was its nature? How did it develop....leading scholars of early modern science argue the importance of specifically national contexts for understanding the transformation in natural philosophy between Copernicus and Newton....The emphasis on national determinants makes this volume an entirely original contribution to the study of the scientific revolution." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society
"...The essays in general are very good indeed, and the endnotes are a bibliographic goldmine. This volujme succeeds in drawing our attention to the importance of national factors in the development of science and as a result adds considerable richness and complexity to the term "Scientific Revolution." Jim Llana, Renaissance Quarterly

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