Covering physics, astronomy, chemistry, the various branches of biology, and geology, this book is the perfect introduction to the history of science. A compilation of interesting readings, Scientific Revolutions reflects the richness and diversity of scientific culture and practice. Its primary focus is on the extraordinary bursts of scientific activity that propel science in new and different directions. Useful as a reference work for readers interested in the sciences.
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This important new volume brings together essential documents that mark key turning points in the history of science. Though canonical works are well represented, the focus of Scientific Revolutions is on those extraordinary bursts of scientific activity that propel the culture of science in new and sometimes unexpected directions. Masterfully edited by Brian S. Baigrie, the collection gathered here pulls together readings from the physical sciences, life sciences, and earth sciences—and from lesser-known and dissenting voices—to instill in students a sense of the diversity of scientific culture and practice.About the Author:
Brian S. Baigrie is Associate Professor of history and philosophy of science at The Institute for History of Science and Technology, University of Toronto, Canada. Author of numerous scholarly papers on the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century, as well as feature articles on various aspects of scientific practice for science magazines, Professor Baigrie has edited a number of books, including: Picturing Knowledge: Historical and Philosophical Problems Concerning the Use of Art in Science (1996). The Renaissance and The Scientific Revolution: Biographical Portraits (2000), and the award-winning History of Modern Science and Mathematics (2002). His current research focuses on visualization in scientific practice.
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