Studies in History and Philosophy of Science

Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World

Orbits, Routes and Vessels

Editors: Gal, Ofer, Zheng, Yi (Eds.)

  • First book on early modern drama of motion and transformation of knowledge
  • Provides crucial historical depth to the topic of globalization and its intellectual effects
  • Comprises studies by leading international scholars from an array fields and cultures
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About this book

This volume comprises studies of the early modern drama of motion and transformation of knowledge. It is unique in taking its global nature as fundamental and contains studies of the theme of motion and knowledge in China, Europe and the Pacific from the 16th to the 18th century.

People living around the turn of the 17th century were experiencing motion in ways beyond the grasp of anyone less than a century earlier. Goods and people were crossing lands and oceans to distances never envisioned and in scales hardly imaginable by their recent predecessors.  The earth itself has been set in motion and the heavens were populated by a whole new array of moving objects: comets, moons, sun spots.  Even the motion of terrestrial objects—so close at hand and seemingly obvious—was being thoroughly reshaped. In the two centuries to follow, this incessant, world-changing motion would transform the creation, interpretation and dissemination of knowledge and the life and experiences of the people producing it: savants, artisans, pilots, collectors. 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Global Motion and the Production of Knowledge

    Gal, Ofer (et al.)

    Pages 1-12

  • Two Bohemian Journeys: Real, Imaginary and Idealized Voyages at the Turn of the Seventeenth Century

    Gal, Ofer

    Pages 15-30

  • Xu Xiake’s Travel Notes: Motion, Records and Genre Change

    Zheng, Yi

    Pages 31-45

  • Those Who Stayed: English Chorography and the Elizabethan Society of Antiquaries

    Kennedy, Claire

    Pages 47-70

  • ‘How Very Little He Can Learn’: Exotic Visitors and the Transmission of Cultural Knowledge in Eighteenth Century London

    Smith, Vanessa

    Pages 73-91

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Hardcover $129.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 6, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-017-7921-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Motion and Knowledge in the Changing Early Modern World
Book Subtitle
Orbits, Routes and Vessels
Editors
  • Ofer Gal
  • Yi Zheng
Series Title
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Series Volume
30
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7383-7
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7383-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7382-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7921-0
Series ISSN
0929-6425
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 191
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 illustrations in colour
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