The Scientific Revolution
University of Chicago Press, 2018 M11 5 - 256 pages
“There was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution, and this is a book about it.” With this provocative and apparently paradoxical claim, Steven Shapin begins his bold, vibrant exploration of the origins of the modern scientific worldview, now updated with a new bibliographic essay featuring the latest scholarship.
“An excellent book.”—Anthony Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review
“Timely and highly readable. . . . A book which every scientist curious about our predecessors should read.”—Trevor Pinch, New Scientist
“Shapin's account is informed, nuanced, and articulated with clarity. . . . This is not to attack or devalue science but to reveal its richness as the human endeavor that it most surely is. . . . Shapin's book is an impressive achievement.”—David C. Lindberg, Science
“It's hard to believe that there could be a more accessible, informed or concise account. . . . The Scientific Revolution should be a set text in all the disciplines. And in all the indisciplines, too.”—Adam Phillips, London Review of Books
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As our understanding of science in the seventeenth century has changed in
recent years, so historians have become increasingly uneasy with the very idea
of “the Scientific Revolution.” Even the legitimacy of each word making up that
And many historians do not now accept that the changes wrought on scientific
beliefs and practices during the seventeenth century were as “revolutionary” as
has been widely portrayed. The continuity of seventeenth-century natural ...
Historians differ about which practices were “central” to the Scientific Revolution,
and participants themselves argued about which practices produced genuine
knowledge and which had been fundamentally reformed. More fundamentally for
Historians have long argued whether science relates to its historical and social
contexts or whether it should be treated in isolation. I shall simply write about
seventeenth-century science as if it were a collectively practiced, historically ...
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In The Scientific Revolution, Steven Shapin argues, “Although many seventeenth-century practitioners expressed their intention of brining about radical intellectual change, the people who are said to ... Read full review
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A short but dense exposition arguing that there really wasn't a dramatic shift in how scholars went about discovering truth about the world in the 17th century. In other accounts of the science of the ... Read full review