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Artisan/practitioners and the rise of the new sciences, 1400-1600 / Pamela O. Long.

  • Long, Pamela O
[2011], ©2011
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"This book provides the historical background for a central issue in the history of science: the influence of artisans, craftsmen, and other practitioners on the emergent empirical methodologies that characterized the "new sciences" of the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Long offers a coherent account and critical revision of the "Zilsel thesis," an influential etiological narrative which argues that such craftsmen were instrumental in bringing about the "Scientific Revolution." Artisan/Practitioners reassesses the issue of artisanal influence from three different perspectives: the perceived relationships between art and nature; the Vitruvian architectural tradition with its appreciation of both theory and practice; and the development of "trading zones"--arenas in which artisans and learned men communicated in substantive ways. These complex social and intellectual developments, the book argues, underlay the development of the empirical sciences. This volume provides new discussion and synthesis of a theory that encompasses broad developments in European history and study of the natural world. It will be a valuable resource for college-level teaching, and for scholars and others interested in the history of science, late medieval and early modern European history, and the Scientific Revolution"--

"Explores the influence of craftsmen and practitioners such as farmers and navigators in the development of the new sciences during the period in the title"--


Corvallis, Or. : Oregon State University Press, [2011], ©2011.

Physical description

xii, 196 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.



Artisanal values and the investigation of nature -- Artisan/practitioners as an issue in the history of science -- Art, nature, and the culture of empiricism -- Artisans, humanists, and the De architectura of Vitruvius -- Trading zones : arenas of production and exchange -- Empirical values in a transitional age.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • English

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