The Resource English science, Bacon to Newton, edited by Brian Vickers

English science, Bacon to Newton, edited by Brian Vickers

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English science, Bacon to Newton
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English science, Bacon to Newton
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edited by Brian Vickers
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eng
Summary
Seventeenth-century England witnessed an unprecedented flourishing of natural philosophy, inspired by Francis Bacon's call for a new science based on observation and experiment, to be carried out in collective research projects,whose findings would be communicated in clear language. This anthology documents the effect of Bacon's ideas in the remarkably fruitful period following 1660. It includes his sketch of a scientific research institute in the New Atlantis (1627), which inspired the founding of the Royal Society in 1662, as acknowledged by Thomas Sprat in its History, excerpted here. Bacon's plea for an appropriate language for science also affected the Royal Society, as Sprat records, and gave birth to a number of schemes for man-made artificial languages, represented here by John Wilkins's Essay Towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language (1668). This reader gives full coverage to the dramatic understanding of nature achieved through experiments using newly developed scientific instruments: Robert Boyle's investigation of air pressure; Hooke and Henry Power's mastery of the microscope; and Isaac Newton's use of the prism to show that light is not homogeneous but composed of many different colours. The selections are accompanied by a general introduction, extensive notes, contemporary illustrations, a glossary of obsolete and technical terms and an updated bibliography
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DLC
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no index present
LC call number
Q127.G4
LC item number
E54 1987
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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Vickers, Brian
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Cambridge English prose texts.
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  • Bacon, Francis
  • Science
  • Sciences
  • Science
  • Natuurwetenschappen
  • Sciences
  • Wissenschaft
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Prosa
  • Sciences - Grande-Bretagne - Histoire
  • Englisch
  • Naturwissenschaften
  • Prosa
  • Wissenschaft
  • Great Britain
  • Großbritannien
  • England
  • Englisch
  • England
  • Großbritannien
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English science, Bacon to Newton, edited by Brian Vickers
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Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 227-244
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The legacy of Francis Bacon ; The Royal Society ; Science and language ; The reform on language ; Latin and science -- Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Preparative towards a natural and experimental history, 1620 ; New Atlantis, c.1624 -- Robert Boyle (1627-1691). Experiments with the air-pump, 1660 ; The Sceptical Chymist, 1661 -- Henry Power (1623-1668). Experimental philosophy, 1664 -- Robert Hooke (1635-1702. Micrographia, 1665 ; On earthquakes and fossils, 1668 -- Thomas Sprat (1635-1713). History of the Royal Society, 1667 -- John Wilkins, (1614-1672). An essay towards a real character and a philosophical language, 1668 -- Isaac Newton (1642-1727). A new theory about light and colours, 1672 -- Appendix: Joseph Glanvill's stylistic revisions, 1661-1676
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 244 pages
Isbn
9780521304085
Lccn
86019265
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)14130625
  • (OCoLC)ocm14130625
Label
English science, Bacon to Newton, edited by Brian Vickers
Publication
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 227-244
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction. The legacy of Francis Bacon ; The Royal Society ; Science and language ; The reform on language ; Latin and science -- Francis Bacon (1561-1626). Preparative towards a natural and experimental history, 1620 ; New Atlantis, c.1624 -- Robert Boyle (1627-1691). Experiments with the air-pump, 1660 ; The Sceptical Chymist, 1661 -- Henry Power (1623-1668). Experimental philosophy, 1664 -- Robert Hooke (1635-1702. Micrographia, 1665 ; On earthquakes and fossils, 1668 -- Thomas Sprat (1635-1713). History of the Royal Society, 1667 -- John Wilkins, (1614-1672). An essay towards a real character and a philosophical language, 1668 -- Isaac Newton (1642-1727). A new theory about light and colours, 1672 -- Appendix: Joseph Glanvill's stylistic revisions, 1661-1676
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xii, 244 pages
Isbn
9780521304085
Lccn
86019265
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)14130625
  • (OCoLC)ocm14130625

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