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The Cambridge History of Science

Volume 3. Early Modern Science

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Katharine Park, Lorraine Daston, Daniel Garber, Lynn S. Joy, Peter Dear, Richard W. Serjeantson, Steven Shapin, Londa Schiebinger, William Eamon, Alix Cooper, Anthony Grafton, Bruce T. Moran, Paula Findlen, Pamela H. Smith, Kelly DeVries, Adrian Johns, Steven J. Harris, Ann Blair, Harold J. Cook, Klaus A. Vogel, Alisha Rankin, William R. Newman, Brian P. Copenhaver, H. Darrel Rutkin, William Donahue, Paolo Mancosu, Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Jim Bennett, Kirsti Andersen, Henk J. M. Bos, Rivka Feldhay, Mary Baine Campbell, Carmen Niekrasz, Claudia Swan, Dorinda Outram
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  • Date Published: September 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107553668

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  • This volume is a comprehensive account of knowledge of the natural world in Europe, ca. 1500-1700. Often referred to as the Scientific Revolution, this period saw major transformations in fields as diverse as anatomy and astronomy, natural history and mathematics. Articles by leading specialists describe in clear, accessible prose supplemented by extensive bibliographies, how new ideas, discoveries, and institutions shaped the ways in which nature came to be studied, understood, and used.

    • The most comprehensive and in-depth account of the knowledge of nature in early modern Europe available in English
    • The combination of clear prose and extensive bibliographies make the articles accessible to students, scholars, and specialists
    • Transforms the traditional understanding of the Scientific Revolution by broadening the range of people, sites and activities associated with it
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book is an excellent source for current thinking on Early Modern Science. The chapters are writtten by the leading shcolars n their respective fields. This book, along with the rest of the Cambridge History of Science series, belongs in all academic and large public libraries." - American Reference Books Annual

    "The real value of the volume, in my eyes at least, is its contribution to _early modern_ history...The breadth and range of the volume is breathtaking and, hard as I tried, I could think of little that was lacking... virtually the entire social and cultural panorama of early modern society receives intelligent and sophisticated coverage...it should be mandatory reading for every early modernist, no matter his or her particular scholarly orientation." - H-German

    "Individually the contributions to this volume are thoughtful, well-researched summations of the state of the art in their specific topical areas. As such they constitute a useful disciplinary resource for teachers but also mark the way for the next generation of extensions, revisioins and syntheses." - Jole Schakelford, University of Minnesota

    "...a short review cannot do justice to the breadth of the individual essays or the volume as a whole. This work is as comprehensive as humanly possible on such a various, wide-ranging subject, and it would be unfair to mention lacunae." - Sixteenth Century Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107553668
    • length: 894 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 152 x 54 mm
    • weight: 1.32kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on contributors
    General editors' preface
    Acknowledgments
    1. Introduction: the age of the new Katharine Park and Lorraine Daston
    Part I. The New Nature:
    2. Physics and foundations Daniel Garber
    3. Scientific explanation Lynn S. Joy
    4. The meanings of experience Peter Dear
    5. Proof and persuasion Richard W. Serjeantson
    Part II. Personae and Sites of Natural Knowledge:
    6. The man of science Steven Shapin
    7. Women of natural knowledge Londa Schiebinger
    8. Markets, piazzas, and villages William Eamon
    9. Homes and households Alix Cooper
    10. Libraries and lecture halls Anthony Grafton
    11. Courts and academies Bruce T. Moran
    12. Anatomy theaters, botanical gardens, and natural history collections Paula Findlen
    13. Laboratories Pamela H. Smith
    14. Sites of military science and technology Kelly DeVries
    15. Coffeehouses and print shops Adrian Johns
    16. Networks of travel, correspondence, and exchange Steven J. Harris
    Part III. Dividing the Study of Nature:
    17. Natural philosophy Ann Blair
    18. Medicine Harold J. Cook
    19. Natural history Paula Findlen
    20. Cosmography Klaus A. Vogel (translated by Alisha Rankin)
    21. From alchemy to 'chymistry' William R. Newman
    22. Magic Brian P. Copenhaver
    23. Astrology H. Darrel Rutkin
    24. Astronomy William Donahue
    25. Acoustics and optics Paolo Mancosu
    26. Mechanics Domenico Beroloni Meli
    27. The mechanical arts Jim Bennett
    28. Pure mathematics Kirsti Andersen and Henk J. M. Bos
    Part IV. Cultural Meanings of Natural Knowledge:
    29. Religion Rivka Feldhay
    30. Literature Mary Baine Campbell
    31. Art Carmen Niekrasz and Claudia Swan
    32. Gender Dorinda Outram
    33. European expansion and self-definition Klaus A. Vogel (translated by Alisha Rankin)
    Index.

  • Editors

    Katharine Park, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Lorraine Daston is Director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and Honorary Professor at the Humboldt-Universität, Berlin. She is the author of Wonders and the Order of Nature, 1150–1750 (with Katharine Park, 1998) and Wunder, Beweise und Tatsachen: Zur Geschichte der Rationalität (2001).

    Lorraine Daston, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
    Katharine Park is Zemurray Stone Radcliffe Professor of the History of Science and of the Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University, Massachusetts. She is the author of Doctors and Medicine in Early Renaissance Florence (1985), and Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation and the Origins of Human Dissection (2007). Her work has appeared in Isis, The Renaissance Quarterly, and Renaissance Studies, and many periodicals.

    Contributors

    Katharine Park, Lorraine Daston, Daniel Garber, Lynn S. Joy, Peter Dear, Richard W. Serjeantson, Steven Shapin, Londa Schiebinger, William Eamon, Alix Cooper, Anthony Grafton, Bruce T. Moran, Paula Findlen, Pamela H. Smith, Kelly DeVries, Adrian Johns, Steven J. Harris, Ann Blair, Harold J. Cook, Klaus A. Vogel, Alisha Rankin, William R. Newman, Brian P. Copenhaver, H. Darrel Rutkin, William Donahue, Paolo Mancosu, Domenico Bertoloni Meli, Jim Bennett, Kirsti Andersen, Henk J. M. Bos, Rivka Feldhay, Mary Baine Campbell, Carmen Niekrasz, Claudia Swan, Dorinda Outram

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