The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science (Studies in European History) Paperback – 3 Jun 2008
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'The Scientific Revolution - by whatever name - marks a period of fundamental historical change. In this little book, John Henry provides a clearly organized and gracefully written introduction to its complexities; not only to past achievements and enduring aspirations, but to the unfinished business of historical interpretation.' - Robert A. Hatch, University of Florida, USA
'Henry's book remains the most comprehensive short introduction to the Scientific Revolution available.' - Rob Iliffe, University of Sussex, UK
'With the third edition of The Scientific Revolution and the Origins of Modern Science, John Henry continues his admirable track record for thoughtful and well targeted improvement of an already fine product, with timely additions and modifications reflecting the evolving state of research and debate in the field. From its first edition this has been our Program's introductory textbook of choice, whilst the innovative and continually expanding bibliographical referencing system, keyed to topics as they arise in the text, is commended to our students on all levels.' - Professor John Schuster, University of New South Wales, Australia
'Henry's book succeeds in conveying the complexity of this period clearly.' - Margaret J. Osler, Isis
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The author certainly knows his subject. He has succeeded in condensing a vast field of knowledge into a small space, and only a person who is a true expert can achieve that. He follows the current mainstream school of thought that religion and science were not 'enemies'; whilst this will come as no surprise to scientific historians, it might - at least initially - surprise those who have been brainwashed into believing that the Roman Catholic Church hated science.
If you're not an Open University student, I think you will find this book very useful. I can't think of another book that covers so much ground, so effectively, so succinctly. It goes way beyond the 'popular science' accounts of Newton and so on, but in a very non-academic style, which anyone can understand. If you're interested in the history of science, and its relationship with religion, I'd say this super little book is a must.
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