Man and Nature in the Renaissance

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 31, 1978 - Science - 159 pages
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Man and Nature in the Renaissance offers an introduction to science and medicine during the earlier phases of the scientific revolution, from the mid-fifteenth century to the mid-seventeenth century. Renaissance science has frequently been approached in terms of the progress of the exact sciences of mathematics and astronomy, to the neglect of the broader intellectual context of the period. Conversely, those authors who have emphasized the latter frequently play down the importance of the technical scientific developments. In this book, Professor Debus amalgamates these approaches: The exact sciences of the period are discussed in detail, but reference is constantly made to religious and philosophical concepts that play little part in the science of our own time. Thus, the renewed interest in mystical texts and the subsequent impact of alchemy, astrology, and natural magic on the development of modern science and medicine are central to the account. Major themes that are followed throughout the book include the effects of humanism, the search for a new method of science, and the dialogue between proponents of the mystical-occult world view and the mathematical-observational approach to nature.
 

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Contents

Tradition and Reform
1
The Chemical Key
16
The Study of Nature in a Changing World
34
The Study of Man
54
A New World System
74
New Methods and a New Science
101
The New Philosophy A Chemical Debate
116
Epilogue and Indecision
131
Suggestions for Further Reading
142
Sources of Quotations
153
Index
155
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