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"There was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution, and this is a book about it." With this provocative and apparently paradoxical claim, Steven Shapin begins his bold, vibrant exploration of the origins of the modern scientific worldview, now updated with a new bibliographic essay featuring the latest scholarship.
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One: What Was Known?
Two: How Was It Known?
Three: What Was the Knowledge For?
Steven Shapin is the Franklin L. Ford Research Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. His books include Leviathan and the Air-Pump (with Simon Schaffer), A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England, and The Scientific Life: A Moral History of a Late Modern Vocation.
"An excellent book."
– Anthony Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review
"Timely and highly readable [...] A book which every scientist curious about our predecessors should read."
– Trevor Pinch, New Scientist
"Shapin's account is informed, nuanced, and articulated with clarity [...] This is not to attack or devalue science but to reveal its richness as the human endeavor that it most surely is [...] Shapin's book is an impressive achievement."
– David C. Lindberg, Science
"It's hard to believe that there could be a more accessible, informed or concise account [...] The Scientific Revolution should be a set text in all the disciplines. And in all the indisciplines, too."
– Adam Phillips, London Review of Books