Hall, A. Rupert (Alfred Rupert) 1920-2009 Scientific revolution, 1500-1800 2nd ed Search this
viii, 373 pages ; 23 cm
Revision of: The scientific revolution, 1500-1800. 2nd ed. 1962.
Problem of cause -- The scientific revival of the sixteenth century -- A century of confusion -- The new science of motion -- The revolution in astronomy -- Innovation in biology -- New systems of scientific thought in the seventeenth century -- The organization and purpose of science -- Some technical influences -- The progress of experimentation -- Nature and number -- Newton -- The range of life -- The legacy of Newton
The origins and evolution of modern science are problems of perennial fascination. In the sixteenth and seventeeth centuries the West witnessed a fundamental and decisive change in man's attitude to the world about him, which led him to abandon his ancient intellectual traditions in quest of a new philosophy of Nature. The intellectual ferment of the period yielded a sharper spirit of enquiry, and from it, painfully but triumphantly, emerged modern science and the modern scientific mind. This revolution, and the rapid growth of scientific knowledge that came as a consequence, are the subjects of this book. -- Book cover.