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Intellectual and Technological Change

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Discussion topics and Essay Questions

  • Was there a 'Scientific Revolution' in early modern Europe?
  • How far did perceptions of the physical and natural world change in this period?
  • How difficult was it to change traditional perceptions of the shape and working of the physical world in this period?
  • To what extent was intellectual change dependent on social and economic developments in the period?


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Further reading

a) Scientific change, natural history and intellectual culture
b) Science, medicine and daily life in early modern Europe
  • A. Johns, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (Chicago, 1998) (ebook)
  • A. Kavey, Books of Secrets: Natural Philosophy in England. 1550-1600· (Urbana, IL, 2007) (ebook), esp. Introduction, chs. 1, 2, 4
  • E. Leong and S. Pennell, 'Recipe Collections and the Currency of Medical Knowledge in the Early Modem "Medical Marketplace''', in Mark S.R. Jenner and Patrick Wells (eds), Medicine and the Market in England and its Colonies, c. 1450-c. 1850 (London, 2007)
  • M. Lindemann, Medicine and Society in Early Modern Europe (1999/2010)
  • L. Schiebinger, and C. Swan (eds), Colonial Botany : Science, Commerce, and Politics in the Early Modern World (2007)
  • P. H. Smith, and P. Findlen (eds.), Merchants & Marvels : Commerce, Science and Art in Early Modern Europe. (2002)
  • A. Wear, Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550-1680 (2000) (ebook)

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External Links

Renaissance, Reformation and Early Modern Germany: collection of documents relating to early modern Germany, including scientific texts

The Galileo Project: website documenting life and work of Galileo

Images of Copernicus: portraits and engravings of Nicholas Copernicus

Descartes' Theory of Vision: Woodcut from Descarte's 1644 publication

William Harvey 1578-1657: information about English physician William Harvey

Newton Papers: Collection of digitised papers written by Isaac Newton, held at Cambridge University Library