In this first book-length historiographical study of the Scientific Revolution, H. Floris Cohen examines the body of work on the intellectual, social, and cultural origins of early modern science. Cohen critically surveys a wide range of scholarship since the nineteenth century, offering new perspectives on how the Scientific Revolution changed forever the way we understand the natural world and our place in it.
Cohen's discussions range from scholarly interpretations of Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, to the question of why the Scientific Revolution took place in seventeenth-century Western Europe, rather than in ancient Greece, China, or the Islamic world. Cohen contends that the emergence of early modern science was essential to the rise of the modern world, in the way it fostered advances in technology.
A valuable entrée to the literature on the Scientific Revolution, this book assesses both a controversial body of scholarship, and contributes to understanding how modern science came into the world.
An ambitious study examining past and current scholarship on the intellectual, social and cultural origins of early modern science. Cohen (U. of Twente, The Netherlands) critically surveys scholarly scientific thought including that of Galileo, Kepler, Newton and numerous others and explores such questions as why the scientific revolution took place in 17th-century Western Europe rather than in ancient Greece, China, or the Islamic world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)