|The Scientific Revolution
A Very Short Introduction
Lawrence M. Principe
|The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries witnessed striking shifts in thinking about the natural world and humanity’s place in it, which have come to be called the ‘Scientific Revolution’.
In this Very Short Introduction Lawrence M. Principe presents an assessment of this remarkable period that is firmly contextualized and wide in perspective. Going beyond the dominant figures of Copernicus, Descartes, Galileo, and Newton, he explores the changes in each aspect of the prevailing world view, pertaining to magic, the living world, man, the stars, and matter and motion, and charts the development of the professional infrastructure of modern science.