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The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #264)

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The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed such fervent investigations of the natural world that the period has been called the "Scientific Revolution." New ideas and discoveries not only redefined what human beings believed, knew, and could do, but also forced them to redefine themselves with respect to the strange new worlds revealed by ships and scalpels, telesco ...more
Paperback, 148 pages
Published May 19th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published April 28th 2011)
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Ahmed Oraby
Jan 12, 2015 Ahmed Oraby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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يا الله
ما هذا الجمال يا رب
كتاب مدهش للغاية
أعتقد أنه لا غنى عنه لأي قارئ مهتم بمعرفة تاريخ العلم وفلسفته
كتاب، على صغره، بصفته مجرد مقدمة، يحمل بين طياته تاريخ العلم الحديث
وهو على ذلك، يؤكد ما أؤمن به بأن لا تعارض بين العلم والدين
فحتى مع وجود بعض المنابذات بينهما في القرن الماضي
إلا بأن الوضع حاليًا يظهر سكونًا ولو قليلًا
أكد الكاتب هنا على فكرة إمكانية التوفيق بينهما
فعلى الرغم من اختلاف طريق كل منهما
اختلاف الغاية والوسيلة
إلا أن الدين والعلم لا يتعارضان
قد يختلفان في الأسس والمنطلقات كثيرًا
Biser Hong
Jan 23, 2015 Biser Hong rated it it was amazing
An eye-opening book, it tracks the emergence of modern science in the 16th and 17th centuries from a system of thinking that extended Christian, Greek and Roman thought. What I found most interesting about this book is that it presents the world of ideas at the end of the Middle Ages as continuous with the thinking of scientists in the early modern period.

The system of reasoning at the beginning of the early modern period, in the 15th century, was surprisingly coherent and rational although cur
Brian Clegg
Apr 26, 2012 Brian Clegg rated it really liked it
It's easy for a very short guide to a subject to become a collection of information without narrative or style. Luckily Lawrence Principe's entry in the OUP pocket guide series is the very reverse. It is elegantly written and fascinating to read.

Along the way you may well have your illusions about the history of science shattered. Nothing much happened in science between the Greeks and the renaissance? Wrong. They thought the Earth was flat in Columbus's day? Wrong. Galileo's trial was all about
Brian Collins
Jun 15, 2015 Brian Collins rated it it was amazing
This is another superb entry in OUP’s “Very Short Introduction” series. The value of the book is probably best shown by select quotations from it:

“One easily overlooked feature of printing was its ability to reproduce images and diagrams. Illustrations posed a problem for the manuscript tradition since the ability to render drawings accurately depended upon the copyist’s draftsmanship, and often upon his understanding of the text. Consequently, every copy meant degradation for anatomical render
Jul 27, 2015 Oosha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
It's a wonderful book .. It's considered one of my best :) .. It shows the philosophy is the real mother of science ; thinking is more important than spoon feeding information . .. Every scientific event starts with thought and thoughts mean " philosophy " . Book shows that Western World developed when they interested in "Philosophy " and "Thinking of everything in the universe " .. How the humankind could perform achievements have made their life Easier ..
The moral summarized in " when we be l
Adam Boderbala
Jan 24, 2015 Adam Boderbala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
قد يستغرب البعض من إعطاء هذه المقدمة نجمة واحدة , لكن المشكلة ليست في الثورة العلمية أو في تاريخ المعرفة العلمية
بل المشكلة في المؤلف و ما يحاول حشره بين كلمات الكتاب من أفكار دينية ...

نجده مثلا في احدي الفصول يقول:

"كان كل شخص في اوروبا - و بالتأكيد كل شخص ذكر اسمه في هذا الكتاب - مسيحيا متدينا و ممارسا لديانته
و الفكرة القائلة إن الدراسة العلمية, حديثة كانت او غير ذلك, تتطلب وجهة نظر إلحادية - او بتعبير ألطف ((متشككة)) -هي خرافة ظهرت في القرن العشرين علي يد أناس أرادو أن يكونو العلم نفسه دينا(بحي
Abdulaziz Al-Farhood
كتاب لطيف وخفيف، ومعلومات تاريخية جيدة... جيد أنه لم ينسى العرب واستفادة الغرب منهم في بداية عصر النهضة.

كتاب ممتاز بحق ! و يعبر بداية قوية لكل من هو مهتم بالثورة العلمية في أوروبا ..
و إن كان قد تم عثوري على هذا الكتاب بالصدفة , فإنني مدينة بشكر هذي الصدفة التي عرفتي على أفكار كبار الفلاسفة و العلماء :)

الكتاب مكوّن من خمسة فصول , تناول كل منها موضوع مختلف و إن كانت قد تداخلت أحياناً ..
أحببت فصل( العالم فوق القمري ) للغاية !! و كيف أن ما توصل له العلم اليوم . . كانت ضربيته مئات الأفكارو التضاربات

الأروع من ذلك .. أن الكاتب قد
Dec 28, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing
Principe offers the historian of science's wise view of history, instead of the triumphalism of some science folk. The "Revolution" built on the medieval past and transcended it, but it was gradual and contingent. Principe offers a brief but clear entry into a 17th century world view, foreign to us who have different expectations of science and scientists, but delightful. Really wonderful, focusing especially on astronomy, biology, and chemistry (and including astrology and alchemy).
Andrew Langridge
Sep 17, 2015 Andrew Langridge rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
In our modern secular times, it is difficult to understand how the practice of science could be infused with spiritual and religious meaning. Questions of meaning now seem irrelevant to a practice of increasing abstraction and specialization. This book gives a unique insight into the mind of fledgling medieval and Renaissance scientists for whom a random and undirected universe was literally unthinkable.

Modern science has provided extremely powerful answers to the questions that have so far bee
Jazmine Kelly
A great quick read with lots of information. You learn more about the printing press in the first chapter than anyone will ever tell you! Something book lovers aught to take a look at as this is significant.
Jul 30, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: sff readers who demand "magic systems"; astrology fans
Recommended to Emily by: Jerry Monaco
A brisk overview of the end of the European medieval world view, focusing on experimentation, scholasticism, and ontology. Principe's tone is admiring of his subjects' dedication and tenacity, even while elaborating the completely fictional systems they investigated.
Tim C
Nov 03, 2014 Tim C rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, science
Excellent, engaging, lucidly written and very informative overview of the history of the Western scientific tradition. One of the best titles of the OUP's 'Very Short Introduction series.'
Nov 02, 2015 Kaila rated it liked it
Not much of a narrative and seemingly obsessed with mentioning really obscure people. Newton got 1 page. But it does a good job of laying out a ton of concepts that came to the fore and got lost in the evolution of science, like the epicycle that was used to explain retrograde motion.
Great little book; I use it in my History of Western Science & Technology class as a helpful introductory text. Principe succinctly presents many of the key players of the period (along with lesser known names), all while providing a larger cultural context for readers. I like to pair this text with Holly Tucker's Blood Work.
Sep 12, 2011 W H is currently reading it
Discovered this series in a book store at the Galileo museum in Florence. Oxford university presss publishes a whole series of this short (around 150 pages) on various topics. They also have bibliographies and notes in each one. Great learning tool for our time challenged world!
Jan 07, 2015 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Very thoughtful introduction into the humanist origins of what became modern science. Interesting insights into the different perspectives drawn from philosophy that oriented thinking, and how modern "objective" science should not be dismissive of this motivation.
Betty Bolte
This little book provided an interesting overview of the causes/influences for the scientific revolution which makes it easy to understand, at least on a high level.
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“In order to understand early modern natural philosophy, it is necessary to break free of several common modern assumptions and prejudices. First, virtually everyone in Europe, certainly every scientific thinker mentioned in this book, was a believing and practising Christian. The notion that scientific study, modern or otherwise, requires an atheistic – or what is euphemistically called a ‘sceptical’ – viewpoint is a 20th-century myth proposed by those who wish science itself to be a religion (usually with themselves as its priestly hierarchy).” 3 likes
“Many people today acquiesce in the widespread myth, devised in the late 19th century, of an epic battle between ‘scientists’ and ‘religionists’. Despite the unfortunate fact that some members of both parties perpetuate the myth by their actions today, this ‘conflict’ model has been rejected by every modern historian of science; it does not portray the historical situation. During the 16th and 17th centuries and during the Middle Ages, there was not a camp of ‘scientists’ struggling to break free of the repression of ‘religionists’; such separate camps simply did not exist as such. Popular tales of repression and conflict are at best oversimplified or exaggerated, and at worst folkloristic fabrications (see Chapter 3 on Galileo). Rather, the investigators of nature were themselves religious people, and many ecclesiastics were themselves investigators of nature.” 2 likes
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