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    DescriptionWhen it was first published in 1992, "The Beginnings of Western Science" was lauded as the first successful attempt 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 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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    The Beginnings of Western Science
    The European Scientific Tradition in Philosophical, Religious, and Institutional Context, Prehistory to AD 1450
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David C. Lindberg
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 226 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 658 g
    ISBN 13: 9780226482057
    ISBN 10: 0226482057

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    LC classification: Q124.95 .L55 2007
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    76 halftones, 36 line drawings, 6 maps, 1 table
    The University of Chicago Press
    Imprint name
    University of Chicago Press
    Publication date
    11 April 2008
    Publication City/Country
    Chicago, IL
    Author Information
    David C. Lindberg is the Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and former 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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    "As entertaining and educational as that organized by the best tour operator." - Charles Burnett, New York Times Book Review "Solidly based on a competent knowledge of a huge variety of primary sources and secondary studies, engagingly written, and well produced, it provides us for the first time with an authoritative account of Western science from its beginnings to the height of medieval scientific achievement." - Richard C. Dales, American Historical Review"