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A History of Science in Society: From the Ancient Greeks to the Scientific Revolution v. 1: From the Ancient Greeks to the Scientific Revolution

A History of Science in Society: From the Ancient Greeks to the Scientific Revolution v. 1: From the Ancient Greeks to the Scientific Revolution

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By (author) Andrew Ede, By (author) Lesley Cormack

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  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 175mm x 224mm x 13mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 12 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Toronto
  • ISBN 10: 1442604492
  • ISBN 13: 9781442604490
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 1,374,581

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A History of Science in Society is a concise overview that introduces complex ideas in a non-technical fashion. Andrew Ede and Lesley B. Cormack trace the history of science through its continually changing place in society and explore the link between the pursuit of knowledge and the desire to make that knowledge useful. Volume I begins with a small group of philosophers in ancient Greece and ends with the work of Sir Isaac Newton. In this edition, the authors examine the robust intellectual exchange between East and West and provide new discussions of two women in science: Maria Merian and Maria Winkelmann. The further readings section has been updated to reflect recent contributions to the field. Other new features include timelines at the end of each chapter, 30 upgraded illustrations, and a map of Renaissance Europe.

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Author information

Andrew Ede is Associate Professor of History at the University of Alberta and the author of The Rise and Decline of Colloid Science in North America, 1900-1935: The Neglected Dimension and The Chemical Element: A Historical Perspective. Lesley B. Cormack is Dean of Arts at the University of Alberta and the author of Charting an Empire: Geography at the English Universities, 1580-1620 and co-editor with Andrew Ede of A History of Science in Society: A Reader.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. The Origins of Natural Philosophy 2. The Roman Era and the Rise of Islam 3. The Revival of Natural Philosophy in Western Europe 4. Science in the Renaissance: The Courtly Philosophers 5. The Scientific Revolution: Contested Territory Further Reading Index