The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution

By David Wootton

A better half to such acclaimed works because the Age of ask yourself, A Clockwork Universe, and Darwin’s Ghosts—a groundbreaking exam of the best occasion in historical past, the medical Revolution, and the way it got here to alter the best way we comprehend ourselves and our world.

We stay in an international remodeled via clinical discovery. but at the present time, technology and its practitioners have come less than political assault. during this attention-grabbing heritage spanning continents and centuries, historian David Wootton bargains a full of life safety of technological know-how, revealing why the clinical Revolution was once actually the best occasion in our history.

The Invention of Science is going again years in time to chronicle this important transformation, exploring the criteria that resulted in its delivery and the folk who made it occur. Wootton argues that the medical Revolution used to be truly 5 separate but concurrent occasions that built independently, yet got here to intersect and create a brand new worldview. listed below are the bright iconoclasts—Galileo, Copernicus, Brahe, Newton, and plenty of extra curious minds from throughout Europe—whose reports of the flora and fauna challenged centuries of non secular orthodoxy and ingrained superstition.

From gunpowder expertise, the invention of the hot global, movable style printing, point of view portray, and the telescope to the perform of carrying out experiments, the legislation of nature, and the concept that of the actual fact, Wotton exhibits how those discoveries codified right into a social build and a procedure of data. finally, he makes transparent the hyperlink among medical discovery and the increase of industrialization—and the delivery of the trendy global we know.

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