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The Invention of Science

David Wootton

The Scientific Revolution is, with the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, one of the great intellectual movements which have decisively shaped the modern world. Between 1600 and 1700, the beliefs of educated European men and women about the world around them changed more completely than over any other 100 year period. Yet it has been many decades since there has been a major authoritative history of the Revolution. David Wootton, one of Britain's leading intellectual historians, is now writing the definitive modern account. His book will break the Scientific Revolution into five parts, which both overlapped and ran in parallel with each other: The Astronomical Revolution and Birth of a New Physics 1543 - 1632; The Experimental Method 1600 - 1704; The Invention of Fact 1543 - 1695 (the intellectual centre of the book); The Revolution of the Disciples 1623 - 1690; and The Fantasy of a Technological Revolution 1537 - 1726. Wootton ranges widely across disciplines, languages and the countries of Europe to produce what will be one of the major landmarks in historiography over the next decade.

David Wootton (b. 1952) is Anniversary Professor of History at the University of York. He has taught widely in History and Politics in England and Canada and has held a visiting research appointment at Princeton. He writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books. His last book was Bad Medicine (OUP, 2006). His next book will be a life of Galileo for Yale University Press.

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Publication date
10/09/2015
Category
  • Science and Technology
  • Sociology
Format TPS
234 x 153mm
Extent
784
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