Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science

Science between Europe and Asia

Historical Studies on the Transmission, Adoption and Adaptation of Knowledge

Editors: Günergun, Feza, Raina, Dhruv (Eds.)

  • This book explains the transfer of knowledge between Asia and Europe
  • The transmission of medical and technological know-how between East and West is discussed by leading historians and scientists
  • This is the first book that does not have a Western-centerd outlook on knowledge transfer and that combines science, technology and medicine in one
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This book explores the various historical and cultural aspects of scientific, medical and technical exchanges that occurred between central Europe and Asia. A number of papers investigate the printing, gunpowder, guncasting, shipbuilding, metallurgical and drilling technologies while others deal with mapping techniques, the adoption of written calculation and mechanical clocks as well as the use of medical techniques such as pulse taking and electrotherapy. While human mobility played a significant role in the exchange of knowledge, translating European books into local languages helped the introduction of new knowledge in mathematical, physical and natural sciences from central Europe to its periphery and to the Middle East and Asian cultures. The book argues that the process of transmission of knowledge whether theoretical or practical was not a simple and one-way process from the donor to the receiver as it is often admitted, but a multi-dimensional and complex cultural process of selection and transformation where ancient scientific and local traditions and elements. The book explores the issue from a different geopolitical perspective, namely not focusing on a singular recipient and several points of distribution, namely the metropolitan centres of science, medicine, and technology, but on regions that are both recipients and distributors and provides new perspectives based on newly investigated material for historical studies on the cross scientific exchanges between different parts of the world.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Günergun, Feza (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • Reflections on the Transmission and Transformation of Technologies: Agriculture, Printing and Gunpowder between East and West

    Cullen, Christopher

    Pages 13-26

  • The Ottoman Empire and the Technological Dialogue Between Europe and Asia: The Case of Military Technology and Know-How in the Gunpowder Age

    Ágoston, Gábor

    Pages 27-39

  • General Observations on the Ottoman Military Industry, 1774–1839: Problems of Organization and Standardization

    Şakul, Kahraman

    Pages 41-55

  • Cultural Attitudes and Horse Technologies: A View on Chariots and Stirrups from the Eastern End of the Eurasian Continent

    Kim, Nanny

    Pages 57-73

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eBook $139.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3464-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science between Europe and Asia
Book Subtitle
Historical Studies on the Transmission, Adoption and Adaptation of Knowledge
Editors
  • Feza Günergun
  • Dhruv Raina
Series Title
Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
Series Volume
275
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9968-6
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9968-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9967-9
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3464-7
Series ISSN
0068-0346
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 279
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