Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Los Inicios De La Ciencia Occidental: La Tradicion Cientifica Europea en el Contexto Filosofico, Religioso e Institucional ... (Origenes)” as Want to Read:
Los Inicios De La Ciencia Occidental: La Tradicion Cientifica Europea en el Contexto Filosofico, Religioso e Institucional ... (Origenes)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Los Inicios De La Ciencia Occidental: La Tradicion Cientifica Europea en el Contexto Filosofico, Religioso e Institucional ... (Origenes)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  250 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Este libro es el primer intento de dar una vision global de la ciencia en el mundo antiguo, de escribir una historia de la ciencia medieval en su conjunto, y de presentar una exposicion detallada y unificada del asunto en un unico volumen. En el, David C. Lindberg narra con energia el desarrollo de las ideas practicas e instituciones cientificas a las que dio lugar los alb ...more
Paperback, 530 pages
Published October 15th 2002 by Ediciones Paidos Iberica (first published July 1st 1992)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Los Inicios De La Ciencia Occidental, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Los Inicios De La Ciencia Occidental

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 712)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Peter Mcloughlin
People in the sciences are often looking for the latest thing so the history of science being an endeavor which looks backward has less appeal to science enthusiasts and it may be too nerdy for history lovers. So it is kind of an orphan field. I myself love intellectual orphans. History of science is one of my favorite areas to read. When approaching the ancient and medieval scholars you have to have some understanding that they were not benighted fools barking up the wrong trees. They were just ...more
Mark Bowles
In recent years, few synthetic and interpretative histories of science have been written which overview science from antiquity to the Middle Ages. David C. Lindberg, The Beginnings of Western Science, attempts to synthesize the philosophical, religious, and institutional aspects of this period, focusing on themes of transmission and continuity and profiting from research that was unavailable to past scholars of this genre. Lindberg's purpose was to describe the ancient and medieval scientific tr ...more
"If we hope to understand what it means to inhabit the world of modern science, we cannot afford to be ignorant of the itinerary that brought us to it."

David Lindberg is right in this claim, and he does a very good job of combatting that ignorance. As ambitious as it is well written, this book is an excellent overview of the Western scientific tradition in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Lindberg organizes his exploration very well, and he gives incredible insight into the context in which this s
Egypt Scholars Scholars
للكاتب ديفد ليندبيرج المتخصص في دراسة تاريخ العلوم و البروفيسور في جامعة ويسكانسون - ماديسون الأمريكية.

يعد هذا الكتاب من أهم و أنضج و أشمل المحاولات العلمية الجادة لتتبع و حصر أصول العلوم المختلفة، و رواية قصص نشأتها، و رصد مراحل تطورها عبر الزمن.

يتضمن الكتاب مسحاً لفترة طويلة من الزمن تبدأ من مرحلة ما قبل ظهور سقراط و شيوع الفلسفة الإغريقية، و تمتد وصولاً إلى مدارس العلوم المختلفة التي شاعت في القرون المتأخرة من العصور الوسطى. و قد تضمنت المباحث التي تعرض لها الكتاب موضوعات العلوم الكونية و ال
Anthony Sebastian
The Beginnings of Western Science  The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450 by David C. Lindberg

David C. Lindberg

Currently (08-May-2011) reading. I like this excerpt from Chapter 1:

"This brief foray into lexicography ought to remind us that many words, especially the most interesting ones, have multiple meanings that shift with the contexts of usage or the practices of specific linguistic communities. Every meaning of the term "science" discussed above is a convention accepted by a sizable group of people, who are unlikely to relinquish their favored usage without a fight. From which it f
Great overview of the history of science, especially during the middle ages. I would have liked to read a little more about the contributions of Islam though(how it preserved/transformed classical Greek contributions). Also, I would have liked to read about the transition from the middle ages to the early Renaissance. The book ends with the question of continuity, but doesn't really go into how the transition/revolution happened.
A very well-written, resourceful introductory book for students of history of science. Lindenberg's concise and succinct descriptions of history of science well inform you about the traditions in science from ancient times to the early modern period. I've learned a lot from this book, and this book gave me incentive to pursue and learn more about the history of science in medieval period.
Ronald Wise
A chronicle of the development of medieval scientific thought from Greek times, starting with a brief background visit to the earliest recorded mathematical and scientific efforts in Mesopotamia and Egypt. It helped to solidify my appreciation for the number of ideas that evolved from Ancient Greece, through the Middle Ages, and into the Renaissannce.
This is not only an interesting book - it is a must-read for any writer who is building a pre-modern world. Lindberg puts himself into the context and mind-set of the time periods.
Daniel Wright
Maybe I'm just a geek (OK, I am just a geek, and a history-of-science geek at that) but this was one of the most unbelievably interesting books I have ever read.
Bill Bruno
A useful book. There was certainly more to the progress of science in the Middle Ages than a mindless regurgitation of classical era writings received via the Arabs.
An easy read, but a thorough one. The perspective is measured and unpretentious. Take a step back from the myths of the scientific revolution.
Alexandre Guay
Un très bon manuel équilibré. J'aurais aimé avoir plus de détails sur l'évolution de la technologie cependant.
I don't know much about David Lindberg, but this book is definitely an impressive piece of scholarship.
Andrew Long
A comprehensive and erudite work of scholarship.
A near-perfect work of synthetic scholarship.
Use for H397?
Luís marked it as to-read
Feb 26, 2015
Baghdadi is currently reading it
Feb 25, 2015
Thomas marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2015
Walter Calaza
Walter Calaza marked it as to-read
Feb 20, 2015
Lydia added it
Feb 19, 2015
Jennie marked it as to-read
Feb 17, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 23 24 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science
  • The Scientific Revolution
  • Atheism for Dummies
  • Galileo Goes to Jail: And Other Myths about Science and Religion
  • Curiosity: How Science Became Interested in Everything
  • Science: A Four Thousand Year History
  • The Story of Music
  • Farewell to Reality: How Modern Physics Has Betrayed the Search for Scientific Truth
  • The Island of Knowledge: The Limits of Science and the Search for Meaning
  • Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration
  • War! What Is It Good For?: Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots
  • The Copernican Revolution: Planetary Astronomy in the Development of Western Thought
  • Giordano Bruno & Hermetic Tradition
  • Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History
  • Cathedral, Forge, and Waterwheel: Technology and Invention in the Middle Ages
  • Quadrivium: The Four Classical Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music, & Cosmology
  • The Copernicus Complex: Our Cosmic Significance in a Universe of Planets and Probabilities
  • Liberalism: The Life of an Idea
God and Nature: Historical Essays on the Encounter between Christianity and Science Science in the Middle Ages The Beginnings of Western Science 2nd (second) edition Text Only Theories of Vision from Al-kindi to Kepler When Science and Christianity Meet

Share This Book

“If there was anything obviously heroic about medieval surgery, it was the patient.” 3 likes
“If we wish to do justice to the historical enterprise, we must take past for what it was. And that means that we must resist the temptation to scour the past for examples or precursors of modern science. We must respect the way earlier generations approached nature, acknowledging that although it may differ from the modern way, it is nonetheless of interest because it is part of our intellectual ancestry.” 3 likes
More quotes…