The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, Prehistory to A.D. 1450, Second Edition (Google eBook)

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 15, 2010 - Science - 480 pages
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When it was first published in 1992, The Beginnings of Western Science was lauded as the first successful attempt ever to present a unified account of both ancient and medieval science in a single volume. Chronicling the development of scientific ideas, practices, and institutions from pre-Socratic Greek philosophy to late-Medieval scholasticism, David C. Lindberg surveyed all the most important themes in the history of science, including developments in cosmology, astronomy, mechanics, optics, alchemy, natural history, and medicine. In addition, he offered an illuminating account of the transmission of Greek science to medieval Islam and subsequently to medieval Europe.            The Beginnings of Western Science was, and remains, a landmark in the history of science, shaping the way students and scholars understand these critically formative periods of scientific development. It reemerges here in a second edition that includes revisions on nearly every page, as well as several sections that have been completely rewritten. For example, the section on Islamic science has been thoroughly retooled to reveal the magnitude and sophistication of medieval Muslim scientific achievement. And the book now reflects a sharper awareness of the importance of Mesopotamian science for the development of Greek astronomy. In all, the second edition of The Beginnings of Western Science captures the current state of our understanding of more than two millennia of science and promises to continue to inspire both students and general readers.
  

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Review: The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 BC to AD 1450

User Review  - Raphael - Goodreads

I don't know much about David Lindberg, but this book is definitely an impressive piece of scholarship. Read full review

Review: The Beginnings of Western Science: The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, 600 BC to AD 1450

User Review  - Bill Bruno - Goodreads

A useful book. There was certainly more to the progress of science in the Middle Ages than a mindless regurgitation of classical era writings received via the Arabs. Read full review

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Contents

1 Science Before the Greeks
1
2 The Greeks and the Cosmos
21
3 Aristotles Philosophy of Nature
45
4 Hellenistic Natural Philosophy
67
5 The Mathematical Sciences in Antiquity
82
6 Greek and Roman Medicine
111
7 Roman and Early Medieval Science
132
8 Islamic Science
163
10 The Recovery and Assimilation of Greekand Islamic Science
225
11 The Medieval Cosmos
254
12 The Physics of the Sublunar Region
286
13 Medieval Medicine and Natural History
321
14 The Legacy of Ancient and Medieval Science
357
Notes
369
Bibliography
413
Index
463

9 The Revival of Learning in the West
193

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About the author (2010)

David C. Lindberg is the Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and past-president of the History of Science Society. He is the author or editor of many books, including, with coeditor Ronald L. Numbers, When Science and Christianity Meet, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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