Editorial Reviews. Review. “The value of Lindberg’s book as an introductory text for students is. 15 Feb In all, the second edition of The Beginnings of Western Science captures C. Lindberg surveyed all the most important themes in the history of. In The Beginnings of Western Science, David C. Lindberg provides a rich Lindberg surveys all the most important themes in the history of ancient and.

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Jan 10, Ivi rated it it was amazing. It will replace the smaller two volumes by G. Though the 16th and 17th centuries are rightly celebrated for the Scientific Revolution that arose during that period, the path to that revolution was helpfully trodden by many brilliant thinkers.

Ragep – – Isis: What Did the Romans Know? The book focuses on what is called Western science, prominently covering Greek, RomanIslamic and Mediaeval European sciencewhile the second edition expands on precursors to Greek science, such as Mesopotamian and Egyptian science, and on Islamic science.

Oxford University Press, Jamil Ragep also states that the rejection of presentism is an important theme in the book.

It is a very readable account of science from the Greeks through the Middle Ages. While Lindberg confesses that his expertise is in medieval science, I thought that his description of the Greek and Roman period was very good.

He besides thought that his limited inclusion of late mediaeval scientists, particularly in the field of medicine, hurt his argument to stress discontinuity with the renaissance era. Contents 1 Science Before the Greeks.

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A very well-written, resourceful introductory book for students of history of science. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.


Addressed to the general educated reader as well as to students, his book will also appeal to any scholar whose interests touch on the history of the scientific enterprise. Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? Sign In or Create an Account. Every generation has its own luminaries, who in turn formed the foundation for the next. The institutionalization and systematic teaching in the universities was one of the major achievements in this period with its synthesis of Greek and Islamic philosophy.

I believe that this is what Sabre intended when he proposed that there was an assimilation of science which resulted in Islamic naturalization. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign wesetrn. Science did not begin with Newton, Galileo or even Copernicus. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Retrieved 4 October Dowd – – Isis 99 4: Egyptian and Babylonian medicine are described as systemizations of diagnoses, which often included non-naturalistic formulations. The achievement of this period was, of course, to form a nonsupernatural conception of nature.

It was fascinating to watch the flow and development of ideas between cultures, and Mr. Lindberg, The Beginnings of Western Science, attempts to synthesize the lindberh, religious, and institutional aspects of this period, focusing on themes of transmission and continuity and profiting from research that was unavailable to past scholars of this genre.

Want to Read saving…. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. So when he presents the continuity debate was there a scientific revolution in the th centuries or was there continuity from Middle Ages to modernityhe says “both”, which may very well be the truth. Lindberg surveyed all the most important themes in the history of science, including developments in cosmology, astronomy, mechanics, optics, alchemy, natural history, and medicine.


Several reviewers commented on the book’s take on science and religion. Paperbackpages. Alchemy and Authority in the Holy Roman Empire.

Jan 13, Alice rated it really liked it Shelves: American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. I found it interesting that this was when the first hospitals were formed and that difficult and dangerous surgeries such as cataract removal were attempted.

However, he has an incredible appreciation for and pays tribute to Greek culture, glossing over the less tasteful though entirely essential elements of Greek legacy.

Evina Stein – fb status https: Related articles in Google Scholar. For example, the section on Islamic science has been thoroughly retooled to reveal the magnitude and sophistication of medieval Muslim scientific achievement. In all, the second edition of The Beginnings of Western Science captures the current state of our understanding of more than two sxience of science and promises sciencce continue to inspire beeginnings students and general readers.

This landmark book qestern the first attempt in two decades to survey the science of the ancient world, the first attempt in four decades to write a comprehensive history of medieval science, and the first attempt ever to present a full, unified account of both ancient and medieval science in a single volume. Dec 07, Katie rated it really liked it.