Science in the Middle Ages

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David C. Lindberg
University of Chicago Press, 15 mar 1980 - 549 pagine
Despite the intensive research of the past quarter century, there still is no single book that examines all major aspects of the medieval scientific enterprise in depth. This illustrated volume is meant to fill that gap. In it sixteen leading scholars address themselves to topics central to their research, providing as full an account of medieval science as current knowledge permits. Although the book is definitive, it is also introductory, for the authors have directed their chapters to a beginning audience of diverse readers, including undergraduates, scholars specializing in other fields, and the interested lay reader.

The book is not encylopedic, for it does not attempt to provide all relevant factual data; rather, it attempts to interpret major developments in each of the disciplines that made up the medieval scientific world. Data are not absent, but their function is to support and illustrate generalizations about the changing shape of medieval science. The editor, David C. Lindberg, has written a Preface in which he discusses the growth of scholarship in this field in the twentieth century.
 

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Sommario

Science Technology and Economic Progress in the Early Middle Ages
1
The Transmission of Greek and Arabic Learning to the West
52
The Philosophical Setting of Medieval Science
91
The Institutional Setting The Universities
120
Mathematics
145
The Science of Weights
179
The Science of Motion
206
Cosmology
265
The Science of Matter
369
Medicine
391
Natural History
429
The Nature Scope and Classification of the Sciences
461
Science and Magic
483
Suggestions for Further Reading
507
Notes on Contributors
517
Index
523

Astronomy
303
The Science of Optics
338

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Informazioni sull'autore (1980)

David C. Lindberg is professor of the history of science at the University of Wisconsin. His numerous publications include Theories of Vision from Al-Kindi to Kepler, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

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