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Science in the Middle Ages (Chicago History of Science and Medicine)

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David C. Lindberg is professor of the history of science at the University of Wisconsin. His numerous publications include Theories of Vision from Al-Kindi to Kepler, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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  • Series: Chicago History of Science and Medicine
  • Paperback: 549 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (March 15, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226482332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226482330
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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There are few comprehensive books in English on medieval science. The three most exhaustive, although early, studies are Pierre Duhem's ten volume "Système du Monde", Lynn Thorndike's eight volume "History of Magic and Experimental Science", and Anneliese Maier's five volume "Studien zur Naturphilosophie der Spätscholastik". There are also editions of many medieval writings by Marshall Clagett and his collaborators. However, the above works are all too large to be read by anyone but a professional scholar. Probably the best single volume exposition is Dijksterhuis's "Mechanization of the World Picture", which covers science from the pre-Socratics to Newton and which gives serious attention to medieval natural philosophy. There are also some shorter summaries by Edward Grant, which are good but not comprehensive, and A. C. Crombie's three volume "Styles of Scientific Thinking in the European Tradition", which I have not read.

This volume consists of 15 chapters on various aspects of medieval science, each by different authors. But this is not a collection of specialized research written for other specialists. Each of the chapters is an introduction to its subject by scholars who know the subject well, and this collection is therefore a good place from which to learn.

I consider the best chapter in the collection the one by John Murdoch and Edith Sylla, "The science of motion". In Greek and medieval physics, "motion" does not merely mean what we mean by this word, namely change of location (for which they would say "locomotion"), but what we mean by "change".
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