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A history of science in society; from philosophy to utility.


A history of science in society; from philosophy to utility.

Ede, Andrew and Lesley B. Cormack.

Broadview Press


196 pages




Ede (history or science and technology, U. of Alberta, Canada) and Cormack (history of science and Tudor England, U. of Alberta, Canada) consider science in societal context and in terms of the connection between knowledge and its application. The book is not comprehensive, but rather focuses on significant events and ideas in Western history. Moving from ancient Greece to Isaac Newton in this first volume, they discuss the origins of natural philosophy, the Roman era and the rise of Islam, natural philosophy in Western Europe, the Renaissance, and the scientific revolution from 1543 to 1689. Thinkers such as Ptolemy, Galen, Roger Bacon, Thomas Aquinas, Copernicus, Johannes Kepler, Galileo, Francis Bacon, Descartes, William Harvey, and Robert Boyle are reviewed, with a brief mention of women in science.

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Date:Mar 1, 2006
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