100% PP 100%25%20PP
   1,190.00
  • Inclusive of all taxes
FREE Delivery. Cash on Delivery eligible.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Sold by Cloudtail India (4.2 out of 5 | 95,668 ratings) and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
List & Earn Rs.250* extra! Sell on Local Finds.
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more.
See all 3 images

The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution Hardcover – 8 Dec 2015


See all 9 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from
Hardcover
   1,190.00
   1,190.00
click to open popover

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

Product description

Review

“Wootton is a dazzling explicator of difficult ideas whose relish for his material is evident.” (Matthew Price, the Boston Globe)

“Wootton tells his tales well and portrays characters vividly. He writes with wit, and his book is full of surprises.” (Robert P. Crease, The Wall Street Journal)

“A masterly account of the ‘scientific revolution.’” (Financial Times' Best Books of 2015)

“New, encyclopedic history.” (Adam Gopnik, the New Yorker)

“Full of insights…even jaded scholars will find it fresh and compelling.” (The Economist)

“…perceptive, thought-provoking, deeply erudite and beautifully written.” (Nature)

“Vibrant and impressive…The Invention of Science is a marvel of expositional clarity” (Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor)

“Not only a history of science but a revisionist historiography of science” (Steven Poole, The New Statesman)

“A big bang moment” (Lorraine Daston, The Guardian)

“Extremely well researched and documented…This is bound to become a basic reference in the future.” (Adhemar Bultheel, the European Mathematical Society)

“A bracing rediscovery of the marvel that is science” (Booklist, starred review)

“David Wootton’s The Invention of Science is outstanding. It details how, when and why the philosophical, intellectual and practical frameworks of modern science arose, and it sees off relativism in the process. While dealing wonderfully in broad sweeps, it offers a wealth of entertaining details.” (Richard Joyner, Times Higher Education)

“Fascinating and original … Wootton is a marvellous writer with an enviously encyclopaedic knowledge, and he has exciting things to say … a stimulating, well-informed and imaginative account.” (Patricia Fara, Literary Review)

“A superbly lucid examination of a dramatic revolution in human thought that deserves a place on the shelf with Thomas Kuhn and David Deutsch.” (Kirkus Starred Review)

From the Back Cover

We live in a world made by science. How and when did this happen? The Invention of Science tells the story of the extraordinary intellectual and cultural revolution that gave birth to modern science, and mounts a major challenge to the prevailing orthodoxy of its history.

Before 1492, all significant knowledge was believed to be already available; there was no concept of progress, as people looked to the past, not the future, for understanding. David Wootton argues that the discovery of America demonstrated that new knowledge was possible: indeed, it introduced the very concept of discovery and opened the way to the invention of science.

The first crucial discovery was Tycho Brahe’s nova of 1572: proof that there could be change in the heavens. The invention of the telescope in 1608 rendered the old astronomy obsolete. Evangelista Torricelli’s experiment with the vacuum in 1643 led directly to the triumph of the experimental method in the Royal Society of Robert Boyle and Isaac Newton. By 1750, Newtonianism was being celebrated throughout Europe.

This new science did not consist simply of new discoveries or methods. It relied on a new understanding of what knowledge may be, and with this came a fresh language: discovery, progress, fact, experiment, hypothesis, theory, laws of nature. Although almost all these terms existed before 1492, their meanings were radically transformed, and they became tools to think scientifically. Now we all speak this language of science that was invented during the Scientific Revolution.

This revolution had its martyrs (Bruno, Galileo), its heroes (Kepler, Boyle), its propagandists (Voltaire, Diderot), and its patient laborers (Gilbert, Hooke). The new culture led to a new rationalism, killing off alchemy, astrology, and the belief in witchcraft. It also led to the invention of the steam engine and to the first Industrial Revolution. Wootton’s landmark work changes our understanding of how this great transformation came about, and of what science is.

See all Product description

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter mobile phone number.



Visit Amazon Global Store
100% Genuine products | Price include import duty and tax deposits | Easy Returns | All debit/credit cards accepted See more

Product details

  • Hardcover: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (8 December 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006175952X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061759529
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,85,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?


Customer reviews

There are no customer reviews yet.
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com

Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 64 reviews
66 people found this helpful.
5.0 out of 5 starsA Very Important Book
on 30 January 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
4 people found this helpful.
5.0 out of 5 starsA book that goes into great detail about how science was something that was invented instead of merely common sense.
on 18 August 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
4 people found this helpful.
5.0 out of 5 starsDiscovering the invention of science
on 16 October 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful.
5.0 out of 5 starsWootton has wonderfully crafted and unique insights into the origins and causes ...
on 11 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?