Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution

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Anchor Books, 2000 - History - 444 pages
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In this fascinating look at the European scientific advances of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, historian Lisa Jardine demonstrates that the pursuit of knowledge occurs not in isolation, but rather in the lively interplay and frequently cutthroat competition between creative minds.

The great thinkers of that extraordinary age, including Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, and Christopher Wren, are shown in the context in which they lived and worked. We learn of the correspondences they kept with their equally passionate colleagues and come to understand the unique collaborative climate that fostered virtuoso discoveries in the areas of medicine, astronomy, mathematics, biology, chemistry, botany, geography, and engineering.  Ingenious Pursuits brilliantly chronicles the true intellectual revolution that continues to shape our very understanding of ourselves, and of the world around us.

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Review: Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution

User Review  - Jon Vanderheyden - Goodreads

Interesting approach to the history of developing science. At times some rather esoteric details on sidelights, but overall a worthwhile read. Read full review

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User Review  - Jake - Goodreads

Jardine does an excellent job of describing the men and ideas of the scientific revolution. The book is comprehensively illustrated (so I would recommend a print copy rather than e-reader); nearly ... Read full review

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Lisa Jardine is Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, and Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.

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