The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
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The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #299)

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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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Brian Clegg
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...more
Jul 30, 2014 Emily rated it 5 of 5 stars
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.
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!
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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