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The Cambridge History of Science, Volume 2: Medieval Science

By: David C Lindberg(Editor), Michael H Shank(Editor)
698 pages, 25 b/w photos, 26 b/w illustrations
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About this book

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.

Contents

General editors' preface
Introduction / Michael H. Shank and David C. Lindberg

1. Islamic culture and the natural sciences / F. Jamil Ragep
2. Islamic mathematics / J. L. Berggren
3. The mixed mathematical sciences: optics and mechanics in the Islamic Middle Ages / Elaheh Kheirandish
4. Islamic astronomy / Robert G. Morrison
5. Medicine in medieval Islam / Emilie Savage-Smith
6. Science in the Jewish communities / Y. Tzvi Langermann
7. Science in the Byzantine Empire / Anne Tihon
8. Schools and universities in medieval Latin science / Michael H. Shank
9. The organization of knowledge: disciplines and practices / Joan Cadden
10. Science and the medieval church / David C. Lindberg
11. Natural knowledge in the early Middle Ages / Stephen C. McCluskey
12. Cosmology, astronomy, and mathematics / Bruce S. Eastwood
13. Early medieval medicine and natural science / Vivian Nutton
14. Translation and transmission of Greek and Islamic science to Latin Christendom / Charles Burnett
15. The twelfth-century renaissance / Charles Burnett
16. Medieval alchemy / William R. Newman
17. Change and motion / Walter Roy Laird
18. Cosmology / Edward Grant
19. Astronomy and astrology / John North
20. The science of light and color, seeing, and knowing / David C. Lindberg and Katherine H. Tachau
21. Mathematics / A. George Molland
22. Logic / E. J. Ashworth
23. Geography / David Woodward
24. Natural history from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries / Karen Meier Reeds and Tomomi Kinukawa
25. Anatomy, physiology, and medical theory / Danielle Jacquart
26. Medical practice / Katharine Park
27. Technology and science / George Ovitt

Conclusion

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Biography

David C. Lindberg is Hilldale Professor Emeritus of the History of Science and past director of the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has written or edited a dozen books on topics in the history of medieval and early modern science, including The Beginnings of Western Science (1992). He and Ronald L. Numbers have previously coedited God and Nature: Historical Essays on the Encounter between Christianity and Science (1986) and When Science and Christianity Meet (2003). A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science, he has been a recipient of the Sarton Medal of the History of Science Society, of which he is also past president (1994-5).

Michael H. Shank is Professor of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author of 'Unless You Believe, You Shall Not Understand': Logic, University, and Society in Late Medieval Vienna (1988); the editor of The Scientific Enterprise in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Readings from Isis (2000); the coeditor, with Peter Harrison and Ronald L. Numbers, of Wrestling with Nature: From Omens to Science (2011); and the author of numerous articles in edited collections and scholarly journals.

By: David C Lindberg(Editor), Michael H Shank(Editor)
698 pages, 25 b/w photos, 26 b/w illustrations
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