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Archimedes

The New Science and Jesuit Science

Seventeenth Century Perspectives

Editors: Feingold, M. (Ed.)

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"One cannot talk about mathematics in the 16th and 17th centuries without seeing a Jesuit at every corner," George Sarton observed in 1940. * Sarton, of course, was not the first to recognize the disproportionate representation of members of the Society of Jesus in the scientific enterprise of the early modern period. However, unlike many historians who belittled the discernible numerical strength of the Jesuits on the grounds that they lacked originality and were generally hostile to new ideas, Sarton correlated numerical strength with significance. Hence his plea for collecting the papers of that industrious historian of Jesuit science, Henri Bosmans, was quite refreshing. Yet Sarton's appeal went unheeded, and not only with respect to Bosmans' papers. The perception of the Jesuits as plodding pedagogues and obscurantists remained as ingrained as ever, virtually sanctioning the disregard of their activities. Such neglect meant that the exact nature of the Jesuit contribution to the Scientific Revolution remained sketchy at best; only recently - owing to a long-overdue examination of the Order's archives and of published texts - have new contours begun to emerge. Striking in this reassessment is a more nuanced appreciation of the Jesuits' interaction with "modernity" and a far greater recognition of the Jesuit contribution to the two poles of modern science: the mathematization of natural philosophy and experimental science.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Mathematics and Modesty in the Society of Jesus: The Problems of Christoph Grienberger

    Gorman, Michael John

    Pages 1-120

  • The Grounds for Conflict: Grienberger, Grassi, Galileo, and Posterity

    Feingold, Mordechai

    Pages 121-157

  • Additio ILLA Non Videtur Edenda: Giuseppe Biancani, Reader of Galileo in an Unedited Censored Text

    Ceglia, Francesco Paolo

    Pages 159-186

  • Two Jesuit Responses to Galileo’s Science of Motion: Honore Fabri and Pierre le Cazre

    Palmerino, Carla Rita

    Pages 187-227

  • Jesuit Mathematical Practice in Portugal, 1540–1759

    Leitão, Henrique

    Pages 229-247

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The New Science and Jesuit Science
Book Subtitle
Seventeenth Century Perspectives
Editors
  • M. Feingold
Series Title
Archimedes
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-0361-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-0361-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-0848-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-6115-7
Series ISSN
1385-0180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 270
Number of Illustrations and Tables
18 b/w illustrations
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