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Measure of a Different Greatness: The Intensive Infinite, 1250-1650 (Studien Und Texte Zur Geistesgeschichte Des Mittelalters) Hardcover – June 1, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-9004114814 ISBN-10: 9004114815

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Product Details

  • Series: Studien Und Texte Zur Geistesgeschichte Des Mittelalters (Book 67)
  • Hardcover: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Pub (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004114815
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004114814
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,552,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Ashley Davenport, Ph.D. (1998) in the History of Science, Harvard University, is currently a Research Scholar at Harvard, working on a book entitled Science and the Contemplative Self.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book is a massive scholarly survey of a subject which has not received much attention: the development of concepts of the actual (as opposed to potential) infinite in the Latin West. In the 11th and 12th centuries this was mainly a theological discussion, but it also involved science, via Aristotle, and religion mainly via Augustine and a large number of contemporary theologians. The book ends with Kepler, Descartes and Pascal, and the Scientific Revolution in the 17th century, in which the medieval developments played a central role by allowing ideal conditions to be proposed as the basis for theory. This book is heavy reading, but is an essential source for scholars of this subject.
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