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The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 B.C. to A.D. 1450 Paperback – July 1, 1992

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ISBN-13: 978-0226482316 ISBN-10: 0226482316

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This is the first book in two decades to survey science in the ancient world, the first book in four decades to survey medieval science, and the first book ever to present a unified account of both ancient and medieval science. Lindberg looks at the most important themes of that science (mathematics, astronomy, alchemy, etc.) and provides a fresh account of the transmission of science from Ancient Greece to Islam to Medieval Europe.
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About the Author

David C. Lindberg (1935-2015) was the Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and past-president of the History of Science Society. His scholarship focused on the history of medieval and early modern science, especially physical science and the relationship between religion and science. He was the author or editor of many books, several of which were published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 455 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (July 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226482316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226482316
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #635,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Matt on May 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
I read the Beginnings of Western Sceince as a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where I had the extreme priviledge of taking two history of science courses from the author, who is also an absolutely outstanding professor. (And also one of the two or three most knowledgeable people in the world in the history of medieval science) This is by far the most comprehensive text on the history of ancient and medieval science that is out there. You might not believe it, but there aren't even a lot of other texts that cover half of what is discussed here period, let alone any that are this polished and concise. This book not only covers the development of western science from ancient times throught the Middle Ages, but it also considers the religious, and philosophical roots of this development. This book is masterfully written in that it provides a tremendous amount of detail, and yet is accessible to anyone that is an educated and interested reader. I cannot recommend this text highly enough.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this book as a student for my History of Scientific Thought Class. This text was an excellent addition to the course work that included discussions about scientific thinking, discovery and revolutions, Greek philosophy and nature, Medieval cosmology and it's assimilation of Plato and Aristotle. Lindberg also pictured works of art that helped discuss the science and thinking of the times. The other texts that, as a class, were discussed along with Lindberg were Leonard Schlain's Art and Physics and Arthur Koestler's The Sleepwalkers and Thomas Kuhn's THe Structure of Scientific Revolutions.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Louis DeMichael on November 1, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I had to read this book because I'm currently taking a history of science class taught by the author at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and I just want to say it's excellent. It is clear, concise and (best of all from a student's point of view) not boring. It teaches you so much about looking at things in context. This is a great book from a great professor.
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