Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 24 February 2020

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter presents a historiographical and historical overview of the Scientific Revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It surveys historical writing on the Scientific Revolution from the triumphalist accounts of the early twentieth century that glorified the scientific heroes of physics and astronomy, to the more sceptical and nuanced accounts of the later twentieth and early twenty-first century. Modern work gives attention to subjects like astrology and alchemy and incorporates a diverse range of contributors, including women and men, artisans and scholars, Islamic and indigenous peoples, as well as Europeans. This chapter discusses some of the dramatic shifts in understanding the natural world that took place during the early modern period, focusing particularly on the shift from a geocentric to a heliocentric cosmology and on the rise of experimental methods.

Keywords: Scientific Revolution, cosmology, experimental method, artisans, Islamic science, women in science, indigenous knowledge, alchemy, astrology, astronomy

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.