The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

The Scientific Revolution A Very Short Introduction 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 redefine

  • Title: The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author: Lawrence M. Principe
  • ISBN: 9780199567416
  • Page: 480
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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, telescoThe 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, telescopes and microscopes, experimentation and contemplation Explanatory systems were made, discarded, and remade by some of the best known names in the entire history of science Copernicus, Galileo, Newton and by many others less recognized but no less important In this Very Short Introduction Lawrence M Principe explores the exciting developments in the sciences of the stars astronomy, astrology, and cosmology , the sciences of earth geography, geology, hydraulics, pneumatics , the sciences of matter and motion alchemy, chemistry, kinematics, physics , the sciences of life medicine, anatomy, biology, zoology , and much The story is told from the perspective of the historical characters themselves, emphasizing their background, context, reasoning, and motivations, and dispelling well worn myths about the history of science.

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    1. الكتاب تاريخى لا علمى رغم انه يؤرخ لفترة الثورة العلمية و هو يعنى هنا عصر النهضة فى الفترة من القرن السادس عشر و حتى الثامن عشر. لم يتتبع المناهج الفلسفية التى نشأت عنها الثورة العلمية بل تتبع الحاجه التى هى ام الاختراع و احترت فى تفسير سلوكه هذا الا اننى ادركت انه قصد تهميش د [...]

    2. يا اللهما هذا الجمال يا ربكتاب مدهش للغايةأعتقد أنه لا غنى عنه لأي قارئ مهتم بمعرفة تاريخ العلم وفلسفتهكتاب، على صغره، بصفته مجرد مقدمة، يحمل بين طياته تاريخ العلم الحديثوهو على ذلك، يؤكد ما أؤمن به بأن لا تعارض بين العلم والدينفحتى مع وجود بعض المنابذات بينهما في القرن الم [...]

    3. الجديد هنا هو حنين المؤلف لأزمان كان فيها لللاهوت اتصال وثيق بالعلوم وكان جل العلميين على نصيب منه وكل فصول الكتاب تدور حول هذا الفلك

    4. An eye-opening book, it tracks the emergence of modern science in the 16th and 17th centuries from a system of thinking that extended Christian, Greek and Roman thought. What I found most interesting about this book is that it presents the world of ideas at the end of the Middle Ages as continuous with the thinking of scientists in the early modern period. The system of reasoning at the beginning of the early modern period, in the 15th century, was surprisingly coherent and rational although cur [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. This is another superb entry in OUP’s “Very Short Introduction” series. The value of the book is probably best shown by select quotations from it: “One easily overlooked feature of printing was its ability to reproduce images and diagrams. Illustrations posed a problem for the manuscript tradition since the ability to render drawings accurately depended upon the copyist’s draftsmanship, and often upon his understanding of the text. Consequently, every copy meant degradation for anatomi [...]

    7. An excellent short history and explanation of the 16th and 17th century scientific revolution in Europe. Very interesting to discover. ملخص ممتاز في تاريخ وتفسير الثورة العلمية في القرنين السادس عشر والسابع عشر في أوروبا. كتاب جدير بالقراءة

    8. كتاب ممتاز بحق ! و يعبر بداية قوية لكل من هو مهتم بالثورة العلمية في أوروبا و إن كان قد تم عثوري على هذا الكتاب بالصدفة , فإنني مدينة بشكر هذي الصدفة التي عرفتي على أفكار كبار الفلاسفة و العلماء :) ____________________________________الكتاب مكوّن من خمسة فصول , تناول كل منها موضوع مختلف و إن كانت [...]

    9. كتاب لطيف وخفيف، ومعلومات تاريخية جيدة جيد أنه لم ينسى العرب واستفادة الغرب منهم في بداية عصر النهضة.

    10. قد يستغرب البعض من إعطاء هذه المقدمة نجمة واحدة , لكن المشكلة ليست في الثورة العلمية أو في تاريخ المعرفة العلميةبل المشكلة في المؤلف و ما يحاول حشره بين كلمات الكتاب من أفكار دينية نجده مثلا في احدي الفصول يقول:"كان كل شخص في اوروبا - و بالتأكيد كل شخص ذكر اسمه في هذا الكتاب - مس [...]

    11. The Italian Renaissance has always been my favourite time period and this book made me fall in love with it all over again. I was honestly a bit shocked at how little Leonardo da Vinci was mentioned, but I appreciated learning quite a bit about the other greats of that time such as Galileo. The layout of the book was a bit confusing, at times, as it was divided into scientific subjects and most prominent figures back then were polymaths, so their complete story was spread out sporadically in thi [...]

    12. لا ادري لماذا هذا الدفاع المستميت عن الكنيسة ودورها في محاربة العلم ، وتجد الكاتب بكل وقاحة يقول لا دليل علي اضهاد الكنيسة للعلم ثم هو يروي لنا كيف تم ارغام جاليليو علي التخلي عن افكاره ووضعه تحت الإقامة الجبرية، وحاول الكاتب جاهدا الصاق تهمة التدين بأي عالم يقدم شئياً للبشر [...]

    13. فقط بضع كلمات أود كتابتها : عندما دخلت آلة  (الطابعة ) إلى البلاد الأسلامية لاحظ ماذا كان رد وكلمات العثمانيين :  ( رجس من عمل الشيطان ) ثورة علمية أجتاحت جميع المجالات أبتداءً من القرن السادس عشر  و القرن السابع عشر إلى يومنا هذا فسرت كثيراً أين كانوا منا وكيف أصبحوا عنا

    14. مقدمه بسيطه عن فترة عصر النهضة مابين القرن الرابع عشر الى القرن الثامن عشر. يقدم الكاتب ماتم من اسهامات ومختلف الاراء التي نشات في مختلف العلوم في تلك الفترة باسلوب مبسط بعيد عن التفاصيل الدقيقه.

    15. سرحت فيه كتير جدًا في النص تاني ، خدت منه بدائيات وطنشت حاجات في الآخر بسبب أسلوبه الممل عمومًا مش وحش ولكن يجب قراءة غيره غير تاريخ العلم

    16. It's a wonderful book It's considered one of my best :) It shows the philosophy is the real mother of science ; thinking is more important than spoon feeding information . Every scientific event starts with thought and thoughts mean " philosophy " . Book shows that Western World developed when they interested in "Philosophy " and "Thinking of everything in the universe " How the humankind could perform achievements have made their life Easier The moral summarized in " when we be loyal to un [...]

    17. In our modern secular times, it is difficult to understand how the practice of science could be infused with spiritual and religious meaning. Questions of meaning now seem irrelevant to a practice of increasing abstraction and specialization. This book gives a unique insight into the mind of fledgling medieval and Renaissance scientists for whom a random and undirected universe was literally unthinkable. Modern science has provided extremely powerful answers to the questions that have so far bee [...]

    18. كتاب جميل لكن يعيبه التفاصيل التقنية التى تحتاج متخصصين لفهمها و لكن فى المجمل كتاب عظيم يشرح أهم فترات تاريخ العلم الحديث

    19. Principe offers the historian of science's wise view of history, instead of the triumphalism of some science folk. The "Revolution" built on the medieval past and transcended it, but it was gradual and contingent. Principe offers a brief but clear entry into a 17th century world view, foreign to us who have different expectations of science and scientists, but delightful. Really wonderful, focusing especially on astronomy, biology, and chemistry (and including astrology and alchemy).

    20. Great little book; I use it in my History of Western Science & Technology class as a helpful introductory text. Principe succinctly presents many of the key players of the period (along with lesser known names), all while providing a larger cultural context for readers. I like to pair this text with Holly Tucker's Blood Work.

    21. 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.

    22. 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!

    23. Not much of a narrative and seemingly obsessed with mentioning really obscure people. Newton got 1 page. But it does a good job of laying out a ton of concepts that came to the fore and got lost in the evolution of science, like the epicycle that was used to explain retrograde motion.

    24. 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.

    25. A great quick read with lots of information. You learn more about the printing press in the first chapter than anyone will ever tell you! Something book lovers aught to take a look at as this is significant.

    26. Excellent, engaging, lucidly written and very informative overview of the history of the Western scientific tradition. One of the best titles of the OUP's 'Very Short Introduction series.'

    27. 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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