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Margaret Jacob and Larry Stewart examine the profound transformation that began in 1687. From the year when Newton published his "Principia" to the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851, science gradually became central to Western thought and economic development. Aimed at a general audience, the book examines how, despite powerful opposition on the Continent, a Newtonian understanding gained acceptance and practical application. By the mid-18th Century the new science had achieved ascendancy, and the race was on to apply Newtonian mechanics to industry and manufacturing. The authors end the story with the temple to scientific and technological progress that was the Crystal Palace Exhibition. Choosing their examples carefully, Jacob and Stewart show that there was nothing preordained or inevitable about the centrality awarded to science. "It is easy to forget that science might have been stillborn, or remained the esoteric knowledge of court elites. Instead, for better and for worse, science became a centrepiece of Western culture."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674022423
ISBN-10: 0674022424
Format: Paperback
(202mm x 130mm x 15mm)
Pages: 216
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Margaret C. Jacob

Margaret C. Jacob is Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles. Larry Stewart is Professor of History, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

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