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Newton and the Culture of Newtonianism (Control of Nature) Paperback – January 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-1573925457 ISBN-10: 1573925454

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  • Series: Control of Nature
  • Paperback: 139 pages
  • Publisher: Humanity Books (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573925454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573925457
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...clearly the result of a thorough familiarity with much of the Newtonian historiography...it will undoubtedly be of much use..." -- Isis, March 1996

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
Dobbs and Jacob provide a very good introduction to the history of science at a high school level. This is a rare thing in an academic discipline that, like many others, increasingly limits its audience to other specialists in the field. The chapters are well written and the book avoids being an excessively laudatory biography, despite its focus on one of the "Great Men" of science. If the book has one shortcoming it is that the chapters do not fit together well to form a coherent whole. It shows some of the roughness indicative of a cooperative work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Albin TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 11, 2012
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This concise, well written, and nicely illustrated book is a fine introduction to Newton and the considerable subsequent impact of Newtonian science. Written by 2 distinguished scholars, this book is divided into 2 parts. In part 1, Dobbs provides a very nice summary of Newton's career and achievements. In part 2, Jacob concisely and insightfully discusses both the mechanisms and the enormous impact of Newton's thought on European life.

Dobbs emphasizes 2 aspects of Newton's career; his remarkable array of interests and his overarching goal of recovering a total understanding of the Divine plan. Newton's interests in theology, ancient history, biblical studies, alchemy, physics, and mathematics were all aspects of a belief that he could recover a comprehensive understanding of divine intentions and work known in remote antiquity but lost subsequently. Newton's work on physics and mathematics was only an aspect of this enormous project. Dobbs nicely shows the evolution of Newton's understanding of physics, his intellectual relationship to the mechanistic Cartesian approach, and the way he was embedded in the scientific culture of his time.

Jacob discusses the reception of Newton's physics and mathematics in Britain and Europe, how he and his followers propagated his ideas, and three important sequelae of Newton's breakthroughs. The first is the role of Newtonianism in the post-revolutionary settlement in Britain, particularly the support of the Anglican religious establishment. This development was marked by considerable irony given Newton's rather heterodox theology. As Jacob points out, the use of Newton's physics to support religion had an even more important and ironic result.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 1, 2000
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What a terrific introduction to the origins of modern science! The authors have provided a balanced, lucid and engaging treatment of a pivotal topic in modern science and culture. The book falls into two parts. The first section provides a thumbnail sketch of Newton's life and scientific achievements, written with a talent for abbreviated grace. The second section shifts to the multifaceted impact of Newton's achievement and surveys the origins of both the Enlightenment and the First Industrial Revolution with panache. The authors, top scholars in their fields, have written an excellent, short book on a big subject for students and the general reader. It's just what we need but rarely get.
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I assume if you're buying this you're doing it for a class. The price is reasonable, the book was in great condition, arrived promptly, and is as listed. If you're not buying it for class I don't know how useful you'll find it. It is thorough but not the best written thing I've read.
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