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Renaissance and Revolution

Renaissance and Revolution
Humanists, Scholars, Craftsmen and Natural Philosophers in Early Modern Europe

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J. V. Field, Frank A. J. L. James, Vivian Nutton, William Eamon, Harold J. Cook, Richard S. Westfall, Mary G. Winkler, Albert van Helden, Frances Willmoth, Alan Gabbey, Michael Hunter, Gad Freudenthal, Karin Figala, Ulrich Petzold, R. W. Home, Roberto de A. Martins, Paolo Casini, Giorgio Dragoni, A. Rupert Hall
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  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521627542
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  • Renaissance and Revolution is a collection of fifteen essays that open up new perspectives on some of the problems presently seen to be associated with the Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The topics treated include the dissemination of Greek science, medical empiricism, natural history, the relations of scholars and craftsmen in various walks of life from the fifteenth to the sixteenth centuries, the so-called "mechanical philosophy" in France and England, the work of Isaac Newton, and the difficulties encountered by proponents of Newtonianism in Italy in the early eighteenth century. Figures discussed include Leonardo Fioravanti, Jan Swammerdam, Piero della Francesca, Johannes Hevelius, Jonas Moore, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Christiaan Huygens, Francesco Algarotti and Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli. There is an introduction by the editors and an afterword by A. Rupert Hall. The authorship is international, largely consisting of scholars with established reputations as historians but including some newcomers. All the essays are in English.

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    "An excellent collection of essays on the history of science, 1400-1750...It especially shows how the history of science is closely related to the history of culture. Indispensable for covering previously marginalized but important material." Journal of Religious Studies

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    31st May 2016 by JameDinh

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    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521627542
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 248 x 168 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 28 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    Introduction J. V. Field and Frank A. J. L. James
    1. Greek science in the sixteenth-century Renaissance Vivian Nutton
    2. 'With the rules of life and an enema': Leonardo Fioravanti's medical primitivism William Eamon
    3. The cutting edge of a revolution? Medicine and natural history near the shores of the North Sea Harold J. Cook
    4. Science and technology during the Scientific Revolution: an empirical approach Richard S. Westfall
    5. Mathematics and the craft of painting: Piero della Francesca and perspective J. V. Field
    6. Johannes Hevelius and the visual language of astronomy Mary G. Winkler and Albert van Helden
    7. Mathematical sciences and military technology: the Ordnance Office in the reign of Charles II Frances Willmoth
    8. Between ars and philosophia naturalis: reflections on the historiography of early modern mechanics Alan Gabbey
    9. The conscience of Robert Boyle: functionalism, 'dysfunctionalism' and the task of historical understanding Michael Hunter
    10. Clandestine Stoic concepts in mechanical philosophy: the problem of electrical attraction Gad Freudenthal
    11. Alchemy in the Newtonian circle: personal acquaintances and the problem of the late phase of Isaac Newton's alchemy Karin Figala and Ulrich Petzold
    12. Newton's subtle matter: the Opticks queries and the mechanical philosophy R. W. Home
    13. Huygens's reaction to Newton's gravitational theory Roberto de A. Martins
    14. The reception of Newton's Opticks in Italy Paolo Casini
    15. Marsigli, Benedict XIV and the Bolognese Institute of Sciences Giorgio Dragoni
    Afterword: retrospection on the Scientific Revolution A. Rupert Hall

  • Editors

    J. V. Field, Royal Institution of Great Britain, London

    Frank A. J. L. James, Royal Institution of Great Britain, London


    A. Rupert Hall


    J. V. Field, Frank A. J. L. James, Vivian Nutton, William Eamon, Harold J. Cook, Richard S. Westfall, Mary G. Winkler, Albert van Helden, Frances Willmoth, Alan Gabbey, Michael Hunter, Gad Freudenthal, Karin Figala, Ulrich Petzold, R. W. Home, Roberto de A. Martins, Paolo Casini, Giorgio Dragoni, A. Rupert Hall

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