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Author Cohen, H. Floris, author.

Title How Modern Science Came into the World : Four Civilizations, One 17th-Century Breakthrough / H. Floris Cohen.

Imprint Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2010.


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Description 1 online resource (xl, 784 pages) : illustrations
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Summary "Once upon a time 'The Scientific Revolution of the 17th century' was an innovative concept that inspired a stimulating narrative of how modern science came into the world. Half a century later, what we now know as 'the master narrative' serves rather as a strait-jacket--so often events and contexts just fail to fit in. No attempt has been made so far to replace the master narrative. H. Floris Cohen now comes up with precisely such a replacement. Key to his path-breaking analysis-cum-narrative is a vision of the Scientific Revolution as made up of six distinct yet narrowly interconnected, revolutionary transformations, each of some twenty-five to thirty years' duration. This vision enables him to explain how modern science could come about in Europe rather than in Greece, China, or the Islamic world. It also enables him to explain how half-way into the 17th century a vast crisis of legitimacy could arise and, in the end, be overcome. Building on his earlier The Scientific Revolution: A Historiographical Inquiry (1994), Cohen's new book connects the latest research results in highly innovative ways, breaking up all-too-deeply frozen patterns of thinking about the history of science"--Publisher's description.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 743-765) and indexes.
Contents Part I: Nature-Knowledge in Traditional Society -- Greek foundations, Chinese contrasts -- Greek nature-knowledge transplanted: the islamic world -- Greek nature-knowledge transplanted in part: medieval Europe -- Greek nature-knowledge transplanted, and more: renaissance Europe -- Part II: Three revolutionary transformations -- The first transformation: realist-mathematical science -- The second transformation: a kinetic-corpuscularian philosophy of nature -- The third transformation: to find facts through experiment -- Concurrence explained -- Prospects around 1640 -- Part III: Dynamics of the Revolution -- Achievements and limitations of realist-mathematical science -- Achievements and limitations of kinetic corpuscularianism -- Legitimacy in the balance -- Achievements and limitations of fact-finding experimentalism -- Nature-knowledge decompartmentalized -- The fourth transformation: corpuscular motion geometrized -- The fifth transformation: the baconian brew -- Legitimacy of a new kind -- Nature-knowledge by 1684: the achievement so far -- The sixth transformation: the newtonian synthesis.
Note Print version record.
Language English.
Subject Science -- History.
Science -- Europe -- History.
Science, Ancient.
SCIENCE -- History.
HISTORY -- General.
History of science.
Mathematics and science.
Science: general issues.
Science. (OCoLC)fst01108176
Science, Ancient. (OCoLC)fst01108800
Europe. (OCoLC)fst01245064
Indexed Term History
Genre/Form Electronic books.
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Cohen. How modern science came into the world. Four civilizations, one 17th-century breakthrough. Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press 2010 9789089642394 (OCoLC)669124842
ISBN 9789048512737 (electronic bk.)
9048512735 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 9786612985317
ISBN: 9789089642394
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