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The Rise of Early Modern Science

The Rise of Early Modern Science
Islam, China and the West

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521529945

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  • Toby Huff examines the long-standing question of why modern science arose only in the West and not in the civilizations of Islam and China, despite the fact that medieval Islam and China were more scientifically advanced. Huff explores the cultural contexts within which science was practiced in Islam, China, and the West. He finds major clues in the history of law and the European cultural revolution of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, as to why the ethos of science arose in the West and permitted the breakthrough to modern science that did not occur elsewhere. First Edition Hb (1993): 0-521-43496-3 First Edition Pb (1995): 0-521-49833-3

    • Provides a strong and comparative legal framework for analysis
    • Gives one of the best overviews of the broad achievements of Arabic science during its ascendancy
    • The author shows the deep roots of history of science in humanistic commitments in the West
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    "...Huff provides a thorough, coherent hypothesis and thus helps sharpen the debates on the rise of modern science." MESA Bulletin

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521529945
    • length: 448 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    New preface
    Preface - 1993
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    1. The comparative study of science
    2. Arabic science and the Islamic world
    3. Reason and rationality in Islam and the West
    4. The European legal revolution
    5. Madrasas, universities, and sciences
    6. Cultural climates and the ethos of science
    7. Science and civilization in China
    8. Science and social organization in China
    9. The rise of early modern science
    Epilogue: educational reform and attitudes towards science since the eighteenth century
    Selected bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Toby E. Huff, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

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