New Worlds, Ancient Texts: The Power of Tradition and the Shock of Discovery
Describing an era of exploration during the Renaissance that went far beyond geographic bounds, this book shows how the evidence of the New World shook the foundations of the old, upsetting the authority of the ancient texts that had guided Europeans so far afield. What Grafton recounts is a war of ideas fought by mariners, scientists, publishers, and rulers over a period...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published March 15th 1995 by Belknap Press
(first published September 1st 1992)
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Reading this book was some kind of surprise for me, since I don't have the necessary basic knowledge about medieval ages for correctly assessing the contribution of this book to the relevant literature, but just rough ideas and some event<->date associations. For that reason, the new information was intriguing for me and I took my bit of trivia stuff from the book, like the origin of the name Peru, general scientific knowledge (fantasies, indeed) of "scientists" then, how Indian people and...more