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Baroque Science

Ofer Gal and Raz Chen-Morris


This book presents a radically new perspective on the study of early modern science. Instead of the triumph of reason and rationality and the celebration of the discoveries and breakthroughs of the period, they examine science in the context of the baroque, analyzing the tensions, paradoxes, and compromises that shaped the New Science of the seventeenth century and enabled its spectacular success. The authors show how scientists during the seventeenth century turned away from the trust in the acquisition of knowledge through the senses towards a growing reliance on the mediation of artificial ... More

Keywords: early modern science, baroque period, new science, artificial instruments, lenses, mirrors, pneumatic devices, experimentation, mathematical natural philosophy, contingent laws

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226923987
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923994.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ofer Gal, author

Raz Chen-Morris, author