The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, Prehistory to A.D. 1450, Second Edition
University of Chicago Press, 15. veebr 2010 - 480 pages
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 more than two millennia of science and promises to continue to inspire both students and general readers.
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There is, of course, the dictionary definition, according to which “science” is
organized, systematic knowledge of the material world. But this proves to be so
general as to be of little help. For example, do craft traditions and technology
count for ...
Successful hunting and food gathering (and, after about 7000 or 8000 b.c.,
settled agriculture) required a substantial knowledge of animal behavior and the
characteristics of plants. At a more advanced level, prehistoric people learned to
... the problem of knowledge Poking through these discussions of the underlying
reality and the problem of change and stability has been a third basic issue,
which early Greek philosophers also addressed—namely, the problem of
To gain access to these higher realities, we must escape the bondage of sense
experience and climb out of the cave, until we find ourselves able, finally, to gaze
on the eternal realities, thereby entering the realm of true knowledge.26 What ...
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10 The Recovery and Assimilation of Greekand Islamic Science
11 The Medieval Cosmos
12 The Physics of the Sublunar Region
13 Medieval Medicine and Natural History
14 The Legacy of Ancient and Medieval Science
9 The Revival of Learning in the West