Scientific Culture and the Making of the Industrial West

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byMargaret C. Jacob

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As more historians acknowledge the central significance of science and technology in the making of the first Industrial Revolution, the need for a good, general history of the achievements of the Scientific Revolution has grown. Scientific Culture and The Making of the Industrial West explainsthis historical process by looking at how and why scientific knowledge became such an integral part of the culture of Europe. Seeking to understand the cultural origins of the Industrial Revolution of the eighteenth century, this text first looks at the scientific culture of the seventeenth century,focusing not only on England but following through with a study of the history of science and technology in France, the Netherlands, and Germany. Comparative in structure, this text explains why England was so much more successful at this transition than its continental counterparts. It alsointegrates science with worldly concerns, focusing mainly on the entrepreneurs and engineers who possessed scientific insight and who were eager to profit from its advantages, demonstrating that during the mid-seventeenth century, British science was presented within an ideological framework thatencouraged material prosperity. Readable summaries of the major scientific achievements are included to better communicate the central innovations of the period, and recent scholarship is added to help enhance the discussion of the integration of science into Western culture. Blending the historyof science and technology with cultural history, this text is ideal for early modern European history courses, as well as for courses in cultural studies and the history of science.

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As more historians acknowledge the central significance of science and technology in the making of the first Industrial Revolution, the need for a good, general history of the achievements of the Scientific Revolution has grown. Scientific Culture and The Making of the Industrial West explainsthis historical process by looking at how a...

Margaret C. Jacob is at New School for Social Research.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.06 × 9.13 × 0.55 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195082206

ISBN - 13:9780195082203

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Intellectual Foundations1. The New Science and its New Audience2. The Cultural Meaning of Cartesianism: From the Self to Nature (and Back to the State)3. Science in the Crucible of the English Revolution4. The Newtonian EnlightenmentII. Cultural and Social Foundations5. The Cultural Origins of the First Industrial Revolution6. The Watts, Entrepreneurs7. Scientific Education and Industrialization in Continental Europe8. French Industry and Engineers under Absolutism and Revolution9. How Science Worked in Industrial Moments: Case Studies from BritainNotesBibliographyIndex

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"For an understanding of modernity with all its diversity, this is a must! It's what's in the news today, about how society adjusts to what is and what should be. This period was when some modern answers were proposed."--R.W. Cliff, Marist College