When it was first published in 1992, The Beginnings of Western Science was lauded as the first successful attempt ever to present a unified account of both ancient and medieval science in a single volume Chronicling the development of scientific ideas, practices, and institutions from pre Socratic Greek philosophy to late Medieval scholasticism, David C Lindberg surveyed all the most important themes in the history of science, including developments in cosmology, astronomy, mechanics, optics, alchemy, natural history, and medicine In addition, he offered an illuminating account of the transmission of Greek science to medieval Islam and subsequently to medieval Europe The Beginnings of Western Science was, and remains, a landmark in the history of science, shaping the way students and scholars understand these critically formative periods of scientific development It reemerges here in a second edition that includes revisions on nearly every page, as well as several sections that have been completely rewritten For example, the section on Islamic science has been thoroughly retooled to reveal the magnitude and sophistication of medieval Muslim scientific achievement And the book now reflects a sharper awareness of the importance of Mesopotamian science for the development of Greek astronomy In all, the second edition of The Beginnings of Western Science captures the current state of our understanding of than two millennia of science and promises to continue to inspire both students and general readers....
|Title||:||The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, Prehistory to A.D. 1450|
|Publisher||:||University of Chicago Press 2 edition April 1, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||480 pages|
|File Size||:||894 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, Prehistory to A.D. 1450 Reviews
This is one of several books that serve as a corrective to the popular myth that the fall of Rome was followed by the "Dark Ages." In this book, the development of modern science is traced from pre-history through the classical period (Greece and Rome) and afterward. Discoveries and the transmission of learning after the fall of Rome in Islamic lands and in the West is covered in readable detail.
Good introduction to Medieval science in new paradigms. Lindberg knows his History and presents it in an uncomplicated but interesting way. It will give anybody hours of enjoyment. A good beginning for the subject. He starts with Aristotle's influence on Medieval scholarship and then recounts what the Medieval scientist did with it. Revisionist history. Good bibliography.
Lindberg does an excellent job of tracing the history of the sciences (broadly construed) from prehistory to the late Middle Ages. He covers, physics, optics, medicine, biology, chemistry (in the form of alchemy), astronomy, and astrology with very good contextualization of the knowledge. You learn why smart people in the past would think that astrology makes sense.
An informative and inspiring introduction to the history of scientific development. If you really want to have a grasp of the history, this is a wonderful starting point, easy to follow.
Interesting book, fast delivery.
It is a very interesting book chalk with useful information. My class in Ancient Technology and Science used it for about half of the course.