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Renaissance and Revolution : Humanists, Scholars, Craftsmen and Natural Philosophers in Early Modern Europe - J.V. Field

Renaissance and Revolution

Humanists, Scholars, Craftsmen and Natural Philosophers in Early Modern Europe

By: J.V. Field (Editor), Frank A. J. L. James (Editor), A. Rupert Hall (Afterword by)

Paperback Published: 1st December 1997
ISBN: 9780521627542
Number Of Pages: 308

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Renaissance and Revolution is a collection of fifteen essays that open up new perspectives on some of the problems presently seen to be associated with the Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The topics treated include the dissemination of Greek science, medical empiricism, natural history, the relations of scholars and craftsmen in various walks of life from the fifteenth to the sixteenth centuries, the so-called "mechanical philosophy" in France and England, the work of Isaac Newton, and the difficulties encountered by proponents of Newtonianism in Italy in the early eighteenth century. Figures discussed include Leonardo Fioravanti, Jan Swammerdam, Piero della Francesca, Johannes Hevelius, Jonas Moore, Robert Boyle, Isaac Newton, Christiaan Huygens, Francesco Algarotti and Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli. There is an introduction by the editors and an afterword by A. Rupert Hall. The authorship is international, largely consisting of scholars with established reputations as historians but including some newcomers. All the essays are in English.

"An excellent collection of essays on the history of science, 1400-1750...It especially shows how the history of science is closely related to the history of culture. Indispensable for covering previously marginalized but important material." Journal of Religious Studies

Frontispiece
Preface
List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Abbreviations
Introduction
Greek science in the sixteenth-century Renaissance
'With the rules of life and an enema': Leonardo Fioravanti's medical primitivism
The cutting edge of a revolution? Medicine and natural history near the shores of the North Sea
Science and technology during the Scientific Revolution: an empirical approach
Mathematics and the craft of painting: Piero della Francesca and perspective
Johannes Hevelius and the visual language of astronomy
Mathematical sciences and military technology: the Ordnance Office in the reign of Charles II Frances
Between ars and philosophia naturalis: reflections on the historiography of early modern mechanics
The conscience of Robert Boyle: functionalism, 'dysfunctionalism' and the task of historical understanding
Clandestine Stoic concepts in mechanical philosphy: the problem of electrical attraction
Achemy in the Newtonian circle: personal acquaintances and the problem of the late phase of Isaac Newtons's alchemy
Newton's subtle matter: the Opticks queries and the mechinical philosophy
Huygens's reaction to Newton's gravitational theory
The reception of Newton's Opticks in Italy
Marsigli, Benedict XIV and the Bolognese Institute of Sciences
Afterword: retrospection on the Scientific Revolution
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521627542
ISBN-10: 0521627540
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st December 1997
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.79 x 16.84  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.5