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The Origins of Modern Science Revised Edition

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ISBN-10: 0684836378
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Free Press; Revised edition (April 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684836378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684836379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An important aspect of the book that any perspective reader should be aware of is the subtitle, 1300-1800. Thus, these origins do not go back to the ancient Greeks or even to Ptolemy. The book does, however, cover Newton, which many books on the origins of science neglect because they stop the story well short of the 17th century.

The book covers Copernicus and the development of the theory of gravitation. It also covers the study of the heart and general topics such as the history of the Philosophe Movement during the reign of Louis XIV, the place of the scientific revolution in the history of western civilization and the scientific revolution in chemistry. I particularly liked the section of gravitation as it covered the precursors to Newton and how Newton built on their work.

This book should be of most interest to those interested in the history of science, as opposed to a general audience.
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I had to read "The Origins of Modern Science" for my history teacher in college in 1970. I started college at age 29 and was out of place at that time. This book inspired me to think about the hurdles and frustrations and disappointments that many of the scientists had to live through in their age of history! Imagine trying to think that the earth was round! Or that the sun revolved around the earth. And people thinking that since you did not agree with the current mode of thought, that you were indeed crazy!

I think this book had a lot of bearing on my growing more into not being afraid to think along different lines. This book should be read by everyone, especially young people.

When years later, I saw my teacher and told him how much this book had influenced me, he couldn't even remember it! It is one book that I have kept and treasured. Thank you, Herbert Butterfield.
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Professor Butterfield's history is easy to read and refreshing. Especially interesting are his chapters on pre-Newtonian mechanics and the transfer from Ptolemaic to Copernican models of the universe.
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