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x, 340 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
  • Prologue
  • From the Low Countries
  • The Venetian archipelago
  • Breaking news : glass and envelopes
  • In a flash
  • Peregrinations
  • The battle of Prague
  • Across the English Channel : poets, philosophers, and astronomers
  • Conquering France
  • Milan : at the court of "King" Federico
  • The dark skies of Florence
  • The Roman mission
  • In motion : Portugal, India, China
  • Epilogue.
Between 1608 and 1610 the canopy of the night sky changed forever, ripped open by an object created almost by accident: a cylinder with lenses at both ends. Galileo s Telescope "tells the story of how an ingenious optical device evolved from a toy-like curiosity into a precision scientific instrument, all in a few years. In transcending the limits of human vision, the telescope transformed humanity s view of itself and knowledge of the cosmos. Galileo plays a leading but by no means solo part in this riveting tale. He shares the stage with mathematicians, astronomers, and theologians from Paolo Sarpi to Johannes Kepler and Cardinal Bellarmine, sovereigns such as Rudolph II and James I, as well as craftsmen, courtiers, poets, and painters. Starting in the Netherlands, where a spectacle-maker created a spyglass with the modest magnifying power of three, the telescope spread like technological wildfire to Venice, Rome, Prague, Paris, London, and ultimately India and China. Galileo s celestial discoveries hundreds of stars previously invisible to the naked eye, lunar mountains, and moons orbiting Jupiter were announced to the world in his revolutionary treatise Sidereus Nuncius." Combining science, politics, religion, and the arts, " Galileo s Telescope "rewrites the early history of a world-shattering innovation whose visual power ultimately came to embody meanings far beyond the science of the stars.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674736917 20160618
Green Library
HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-332F-01
Book
xlvii, 287 p. ; 24 cm.
  • An argumental discourse-- The table of all the principal subjects-- Observations upon experimental philosophy-- Further observations upon experimental philosophy-- Observations upon the opinions of some ancient philosophers.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521772044 20160528
Margaret Cavendish's 1668 edition of Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, presented here in its first modern edition, holds a unique position in early modern philosophy. Cavendish rejects the Aristotelianism which was taught in the universities in the seventeenth century, and the picture of nature as a grand machine which was propounded by Hobbes, Descartes and members of the Royal Society of London, such as Boyle. She also rejects the views of nature which make reference to immaterial spirits. Instead she develops an original system of organicist materialism, and draws on the doctrines of ancient Stoicism to attack the tenets of seventeenth-century mechanical philosophy. Her treatise is a document of major importance in the history of women's contributions to philosophy and science.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521772044 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-332F-01
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511 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
  • Part 1 The topography of wonder: marvels on the margins-- wonders of creation-- prodigious individuals and marvellous kinds-- wonder and belief. Part 2 The properties of things: collecting wonders-- artificial marvels-- wonders at court. Part 3 Wonder among the philosophers: the philosophers against wonder-- curiosity and the preternatural-- making wonders cease. Part 4 marvellous particulars: marvellous therapeutics-- preternatural history-- preternatural philosophy. Part 5 Monsters - a case study: horror - monsters as prodigies-- pleasure - monsters as sport-- repugnance - monsters as errors. Part 6 Strange facts: Baconian reforms-- strange facts in learned societies-- the sociability of strange facts-- the credibility of strange facts. Part 7 Wonders of art, wonders of nature: art and nature opposed-- the wonders of art and nature displayed-- the wonders of art and nature conjoined-- nature as artist, nature as art. Part 8 The passions of inquiry: ravening curiosity-- wonder and curiosity allied-- gawking wonder. Part 9 The enlightenment and the anti-marvellous: the unholy Trinity - enthusiasms, superstition, imagination-- vulgarity and the love of the marvellous-- nature's decorum-- the wistful counter-enlightenment.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780942299908 20160528
This text explores ways in which European naturalists from the High Middle ages through to the Enlightenment used wonder and wonders, the passion and its objects, to envision themselves and the natural world. Monsters, gems that shone in the dark and celestial apparitions adorned romances and puzzled philosophers. Drawing on the histories of art, science, philosophy and literature, this book explores and explains how wonder and wonders fortified princely power, rewove the texture of scientific experience and shaped the sensibility of intellectuals.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780942299908 20160528
hdl.handle.net ACLS Humanities E-Book
Green Library
HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-332F-01
Book
xv, 328 p., with [6] p. of plates ; 22 cm.
  • Acknowledgements-- A note about dates-- 1. A sober, silent, thinking lad-- 2. The solitary scholar-- 3. Anni Mirabilis-- 4. Lucasian professor-- 5. Publication and crisis-- 6. Rebellion-- 7. Years of silence-- 8. Principia-- 9. Revolution-- 10. The mint-- 11. President of the Royal Society-- 12. The priority dispute-- 13. Years of decline-- Biographical essay-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521432528 20160528
Isaac Newton is indisputably one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. His achievements in mathematics and physics marked the culmination of the movement that brought modern science into being. In The Life of Isaac Newton, biographer extraordinaire Westfall lucidly and engagingly captures both the personal life and scientific career of Isaac Newton, presenting a fully rounded picture of Newton the man, the scientist, the philosopher, the theologian, and the public figure. This book is an abridged version of Professor Westfall's highly acclaimed and well known Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton. By eschewing technical details, the author makes this book accessible to a wide range of general readers interested in history of science and biography. Westfall is also the author of The Construction of Modern Science.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521432528 20160528
Isaac Newton was indisputably one of the greatest scientists in history. His achievements in mathematics and physics marked the culmination of the movement that brought modern science into being. Richard Westfall's biography captures in engaging detail both his private life and scientific career, presenting a complex picture of Newton the man, and as scientist, philosopher, theologian, alchemist and public figure, President of the Royal Society and Warden of the Royal Mint. An abridged version of his magisterial study Never at Rest, this concise biography is now published for the first time in paperback and makes Westfall's highly acclaimed portrait of Newton newly accessible to general readers.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780521477376 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-332F-01
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x, 282 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • A bound world - the scholar's cosmos-- navigators and conquerors - the universe of the practical man-- all coherence gone-- drugs and diseases - new world biology and old world learning-- a new world of learning.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674618756 20160527
On encountering what he called "the Indies", the Jesuit Jose de Acosta wrote, "Having read what poets and philosophers write of the Torrid Zone, I persuaded myself that when I came to the Equator, I would not be able to endure the violent heat, but it turned out to be otherwise...What could I do then but laugh at Aristotle's "Meteorology" and his philosophy?" Acosta's experience echoes that of his fellow travellers to the New World, and it is this experience, with its profound effect on Western culture, that Anthony Grafton charts. Describing an era of exploration that went far beyond geographic bounds, this book shows how the evidence of the New World shook the foundations of the old, upsetting the authority of the ancient texts that had guided Europeans so far afield. The intellectual shift mapped out here, a movement from book learning to empirical knowledge, did not take place easily or quickly, and Grafton presents it in all its drama and complexity. What he recounts is in effect a war of ideas fought, sometimes unwittingly, by mariners, scientists, publishers, scholars and rulers over 150 years. He shows explorers from Cortez and Columbus to Scaliger and Munster, laden with ideas gathered from ancient and medieval texts, in their encounters with the world at large. In vignettes, firsthand accounts, published debates and copious illustrations, he shows these men and their contemporaries trying to make sense of their discoveries as they sometimes confirm, sometimes contest, and finally displace traditional images and notions of the world beyond Europe. The cultural revolution that Grafton documents still reverberates in our time. By taking readers into this battle of books versus facts, a conflict that has shaped global views for centuries, Grafton allows readers to re-experience and understand the Renaissance as it continues to this day.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674618756 20160527
Describing an era of exploration during the Renaissance that went far beyond geographic bounds, this book shows how the evidence of the New World shook the foundations of the old, upsetting the authority of the ancient texts that had guided Europeans so far afield. What Grafton recounts is a war of ideas fought by mariners, scientists, publishers and rulers over a period of 150 years. Using vignettes, published debates and illustrations, this work portrays these men and their contemporaries trying to make sense of their discoveries as they sometimes confirm, sometimes contest, and finally displace traditional notions of the world beyond Europe. This text was awarded the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize in 1993.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780674618763 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-332F-01
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xlix, 82 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Introduction by Nina Rattner Gelbart Translator's Preface Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds Preface Dedication The First Evening The Second Evening The Third Evening The Fourth Evening The Fifth Evening Notes.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520071711 20160528
Surveying the night sky, a charming philosopher and his hostess, the Marquise, are considering the possibility of travelers from the moon. 'What if they were skillful enough to navigate on the outer surface of our air, and from there, through their curiosity to see us, they angled for us like fish? Would that please you?' asks the philosopher. 'Why not?' the Marquise replies. 'As for me, I'd put myself into their nets of my own volition just to have the pleasure of seeing those who caught me'. In this imaginary conversation of three hundred years ago, readers can share the excitement of a new, extremely daring view of the universe. "Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds" ("Entretiens sur la pluralite des mondes"), first published in 1686, is one of the best loved classics of the early French enlightenment. Through a series of informal dialogues that take place on successive evenings in the marquise's moonlit gardens, Fontenelle describes the new cosmology of the Copernican world view with matchless clarity, imagination, and wit. Moreover, he boldly makes his interlocutor a woman, inviting female participation in the almost exclusively male province of scientific discourse. The popular Fontenelle lived through an entire century, from 1657 to 1757, and wrote prolifically. H. A. Hargreaves' fresh, appealing translation brings the author's masterpiece to new generations of readers, while the introduction by Nina Rattner Gelbart clearly demonstrates the importance of the "Conversations" for the history of science, of women, of literature, and of French civilization, and for the popularization of culture.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520071711 20160528
Green Library
HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-332F-01
Book
xxxiii, 84 p. ; 20 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-332F-01
Book
xviii, 297 p. charts, diagrs. 25 cm.
Green Library, Philosophy Library (Tanner), SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving), Special Collections
HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-232F-01, HISTORY-232F-01
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50 p. ; 21 cm.
Green Library
HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-332F-01, HISTORY-232F-01, HISTORY-232F-01