The 'scientific revolution' of the sixteenth and seventeenth century continues to command attention in historical debate. Controversy still rages about the extent to which it was essentially a 'revolution of the mind', or how far it must also be explained by wider considerations. In this volume, leading scholars of early modern science argue the importance of specifically national contexts for understanding the transformation in natural philosophy between Copernicus and Newton. Distinct political, religious, cultural and linguistic formations shaped scientific interests and concerns differently in each European state and explain different levels of scientific intensity. Questions of institutional development and of the transmission of scientific ideas are also addressed. The emphasis upon national determinants makes this volume an interesting contribution to the study of the Scientific Revolution.
Table of Contents
1. Scientific revolution, social bricolage, and
etiquette Mario Biagioli
2. The scientific revolution in France L. W. B.
3. The scientific revolution in the German
Nations William Clark
4. The new philosophy in the low countries
Harold J. Cook
5. The scientific revolution in Poland Jerzy
6. The scientific revolution in Spain and
Portugal David Goodman
7. The scientific revolution in England John
8. The scientific revolution in Bohemia Josef
9. Instituting science in Sweden Sven Widmalm
10. The scientific revolution in Scotland Paul