9780521594486

The Cambridge History of Science: Medieval Science

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521594486

  • ISBN10:

    0521594480

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/31/2013
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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Summary

This volume in the highly respected Cambridge History of Science series is devoted to the history of science in the Middle Ages from the North Atlantic to the Indus Valley. Medieval science was once universally dismissed as non-existent - and sometimes it still is. This volume reveals the diversity of goals, contexts, and accomplishments in the study of nature during the Middle Ages. Organized by topic and culture, its essays by distinguished scholars offer the most comprehensive and up-to-date history of medieval science currently available. Intended to provide a balanced and inclusive treatment of the medieval world, contributors consider scientific learning and advancement in the cultures associated with the Arabic, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew languages. Scientists, historians, and other curious readers will all gain a new appreciation for the study of nature during an era that is often misunderstood.

Table of Contents

General editors' preface
Introduction
Islamic culture and the natural sciences
Islamic mathematics
The mixed mathematical sciences: optics and mechanics in the Islamic Middle Ages
Islamic astronomy
Medicine in medieval Islam
Science in the Jewish communities
Science in the Byzantine Empire
Schools and universities in medieval Latin science
The organization of knowledge: disciplines and practices
Science and the medieval church
Natural knowledge in the early middle ages
Cosmology, astronomy, and mathematics
Early medieval medicine and natural science
Translation and transmission of Greek and Islamic science to Latin Christendom
The twelfth-century renaissance
Medieval alchemy
Change and motion
Cosmology
Astronomy and astrology
The science of light and color, seeing, and knowing
Mathematics
Logic
Geography
Natural history from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries
Anatomy, physiology, and medical theory
Medical practice
Technology and science
Conclusion
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