The Scientific Revolution
Second EditionMargaret C. Jacob©2019
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The Scientific Revolution will introduce you to the key intellectual and cultural transformations of the Scientific Revolution.
With help from numerous primary sources, including the writings of well-known scientists and philosophers such as Nicolaus Copernicus, Francis Bacon, Galileo Galilei, René Descartes, and Isaac Newton, as well as sources documenting discoveries in medicine, innovations in engineering, and advances in scientific investigation, this text will help you explore the trajectory of the Scientific Revolution like a historian. Available in print and e-book format.
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Table of Contents
List of Maps and Illustrations
PART ONE. INTRODUCTION: THE EVOLUTION AND IMPACT OF THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
Why Did the Scientific Revolution Happen?
Aristotle, Ptolemy, and Their Early Modern Defenders
Exploration and Technological Innovation
The Emergence of the Scientific Revolution
The New Science
The Mechanical Philosophy
Reconciling Science, Religion, and Magic
Spreading the Scientific Revolution
Conclusion: The Long Road to Acceptance
PART TWO. THE DOCUMENTS
1. Nicolaus Copernicus, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Orbs, 1543
2. Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, 1605
3. Galileo Galilei, The Starry Messenger, 1610
4. Galileo Galilei, Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, 1632
5. William Harvey, On the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals, 1628
6. René Descartes, Discourse on Method, 1637
7. Robert Boyle, New Experiments Physico-Mechanical, 1660
8. Robert Boyle, A Free-Enquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature, 1686
9. Isaac Newton, Letter to Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 1672
10. Isaac Newton, Selections from Principia, 1687
11. Isaac Newton, Thirty-first Query to the Opticks, 1718
12. Christiaan Huygens, The Celestial Worlds Discovered, 1698
13. Maria Sibylla Merian, Letter about Her Scientific Work, 1702
14. Maria Sibylla Merian, Butterfly, Hawk-moth, Caterpillar, 1705
15. John Toland, Letters to Serena, 1704
16. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, The Monadology, 1714
17. Jean T. Desaguliers, Physico-Mechanical Lectures, 1717
18. Benjamin Franklin, Experiments and Observations on Electricity Made at Philadelphia in America, 1751
A Chronology of the Scientific Revolution (1514-1752)
Questions for Consideration