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Science in the Age of Baroque

Editors: Gal, Ofer, Chen-Morris, Raz (Eds.)

  • New interpretations of major themes in 17th century scientific thought
  • Innovative examination of the Baroque qualities of canonical figures of the scientific revolution from Kepler to Newton
  • A new historiographical paradigm for the cultural ambience of the new science ​
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This volume examines the New Science of the 17th century in the context of Baroque culture, analysing its emergence as an integral part of the high culture of the period. The collected essays explore themes common to the new practices of knowledge production and the rapidly changing culture surrounding them, as well as the obsessions, anxieties and aspirations they share, such as the foundations of order, the power and peril of mediation and the conflation of the natural and the artificial. The essays also take on the historiographical issues involved: the characterization of culture in general and culture of knowledge in particular; the use of generalizations like ‘Baroque’ and the status of such categories; and the role of these in untangling the historical complexities of the tumultuous 17th century. The canonical protagonists of the ‘Scientific Revolution’ are considered, and so are some obscure and suppressed figures: Galileo side by side with Scheiner;Torricelli together with Kircher; Newton as well as Scilla.    The coupling of Baroque and Science defies both the still-triumphalist historiographies of the Scientific Revolution and the slight embarrassment that the Baroque represents for most cultural-national histories of Western Europe. It signals a methodological interest in tensions and dilemmas rather than self-affirming narratives of success and failure, and provides an opportunity for reflective critique of our historical categories which is valuable in its own right.  ​

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Baroque Modes and the Production of Knowledge

    Gal, Ofer (et al.)

    Pages 1-9

  • What Was the Relation of Baroque Culture to the Trajectory of Early Modern Natural Philosophy?

    Schuster, John A.

    Pages 13-45

  • “Bent and Directed Towards Him”: A Stylistic Analysis of Kircher’s Sunflower Clock

    Vermeir, Koen

    Pages 47-75

  • From Divine Order to Human Approximation: Mathematics in Baroque Science

    Gal, Ofer

    Pages 77-96

  • “The Quality of Nothing:” Shakespearean Mirrors and Kepler’s Visual Economy of Science

    Chen-Morris, Raz

    Pages 99-118

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Science in the Age of Baroque
Editors
  • Ofer Gal
  • Raz Chen-Morris
Series Title
International Archives of the History of Ideas Archives internationales d'histoire des idées
Series Volume
208
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-4807-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-4807-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-4806-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9513-6
Series ISSN
0066-6610
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VI, 314
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