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1 - Introduction: The Age of the New

This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in this book. The book covers the period from roughly 1490 to 1730, which is known to anglophone historians of Europe as the early modern era, a term pregnant with expectations of things to come. It concerns one particularly dynamic field of innovation in early modern Europe; for the sake of convenience, this field is usually subsumed under the portmanteau term 'science', taken in its sense of disciplined inquiry into the phenomena and order of the natural world. In some areas, the new scholarship led to heated debates with more traditional scholars about the value and interpretation of familiar texts, witness the flurry of attacks on and defenses of Pliny's Natural History in the 1490s. Narratives about changes in astronomy and cosmology, from Nicholas Copernicus to Isaac Newton, have traditionally furnished the backbone of historical accounts of the Scientific Revolution.
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