Intellectual curiosity and the scientific revolution : a global perspective / Toby E. Huff.

Huff, Toby E., 1942- [Browse]
Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
xiii, 354 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


Summary note
"Seventeenth-century Europe witnessed an extraordinary flowering of discoveries and innovations. This study, beginning with the Dutch-invented telescope of 1608, casts Galileo's discoveries into a global framework. Although the telescope was soon transmitted to China, Mughal India, and the Ottoman Empire, those civilizations did not respond as Europeans did to the new instrument. In Europe, there was an extraordinary burst of innovations in microscopy, human anatomy, optics, pneumatics, electrical studies, and the science of mechanics. Nearly all of those aided the emergence of Newton's revolutionary grand synthesis, which unified terrestrial and celestial physics under the law of universal gravitation. That achievement had immense implications for all aspects of modern science, technology, and economic development. The economic implications are set out in the concluding epilogue. All these unique developments suggest why the West experienced a singular scientific and economic ascendancy of at least four centuries"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (p. 321-339) and index.
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  • Something new under the sun. Introduction ; Inventing the discovery machine ; The new telescopic evidence ; The "far seeing looking glass" goes to China ; The discovery machine goes to the Muslim world
  • Patterns of education. Three ideals of higher education : Islamic, Chinese, and Western
  • Science unbound. Infectious curiosity I : anatomy and microbiology ; Infectious curiosity II : weighing the air and atmospheric pressure ; Infectious curiosity III : magnetism and electricity ; Prelude to the grand synthesis ; The path to the grand synthesis ; The scientific revolution in comparative perspective ; Epilogue : science, literacy, and economic development.
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  • 1107000823
  • 9780521170529 (pbk.)
  • 0521170524 (pbk.)
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