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The Resource The rise of early modern science : Islam, China, and the West, Toby E. Huff

The rise of early modern science : Islam, China, and the West, Toby E. Huff

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The rise of early modern science : Islam, China, and the West
Title
The rise of early modern science
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Islam, China, and the West
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Toby E. Huff
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eng
Summary
  • This is a study of the long-standing question of why modern science arose only in the West and not in the civilizations of Islam and China. The author points out that from the tenth century to the thirteenth the Arabs had the most advanced science in the world. Arab astronomers even invented non-Ptolemaic planetary models that are equivalent to those of Copernicus, yet they failed to develop modern science. While the Chinese underwent a high level of mathematical development during the European High Middle Ages, they generally lagged behind the Arabs in physical theory, optics, astronomy, and experimentation
  • To explain this outcome the author explores the cultural - religious, legal, philosophical, and institutional - contexts within which science was practiced in Islam. China, and the West. He finds in the history of law and the European cultural revolution of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries major clues as to why the ethos of science arose in the West, permitting the breakthrough to modern science that did not occur elsewhere. This line of inquiry leads to novel ideas about the centrality of the legal concept of corporation which is unique to the West and gave rise to the concepts of neutral space and free inquiry
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1942-
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Huff, Toby E.
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Science
  • Science
  • Science
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The rise of early modern science : Islam, China, and the West, Toby E. Huff
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-385) and index
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text
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  • txt
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Contents
1. The comparative study of science. The modernity of science. Science as a civilizational institution. Elements of the sociological perspective. The role of the scientist. The ethos of science. Paradigms and scientific communities. Comparative civilizational sociology of science: Joseph Needham. Benjamin Nelson: universalization and wider spheres of discourse. Conclusion: the issues at hand -- 2. Arabic science and the Islamic world. The problem of Arabic science. The achievements of Arabic astronomy. Role-sets, institutions, and science. Social roles and cultural elites. Institutions of higher learning and research. Institution building and the marginality problem -- 3. Reason and rationality in Islam and the West. The Islamic legal background. Reason, man, and nature in Europe. Reason and conscience -- 4. The European legal revolution. The development of modern Western law. The papal revolution. The breakthrough in inherited logics. Corporations and jurisdiction
Control code
26764130
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 409 pages
Isbn
9780521434966
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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(WaOLN)1559775
Label
The rise of early modern science : Islam, China, and the West, Toby E. Huff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-385) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The comparative study of science. The modernity of science. Science as a civilizational institution. Elements of the sociological perspective. The role of the scientist. The ethos of science. Paradigms and scientific communities. Comparative civilizational sociology of science: Joseph Needham. Benjamin Nelson: universalization and wider spheres of discourse. Conclusion: the issues at hand -- 2. Arabic science and the Islamic world. The problem of Arabic science. The achievements of Arabic astronomy. Role-sets, institutions, and science. Social roles and cultural elites. Institutions of higher learning and research. Institution building and the marginality problem -- 3. Reason and rationality in Islam and the West. The Islamic legal background. Reason, man, and nature in Europe. Reason and conscience -- 4. The European legal revolution. The development of modern Western law. The papal revolution. The breakthrough in inherited logics. Corporations and jurisdiction
Control code
26764130
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiv, 409 pages
Isbn
9780521434966
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1559775

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