This installment in a landmark series on science and technology's role in world history begins in the fourteenth century, explaining the origin and nature of scientific methodology and the relation of science to religion, philosophy, military history, economics and technology. An authoritative, lively narrative follows the history of human knowledge and discovery, including detailed discussions of ideas, individuals and innovations. Specific topics include the Black Death, the Little Ice Age, the invention of the printing press, Martin Luther and the Reformation, the birth of modern medicine, the Copernican Revolution, Galileo, Kepler, Isaac Newton, and the Scientific Revolution. By incorporating not only the history of natural philosophy and specific sciences but also the cultural milieu in which the sciences developed, this work highlights the essential human element in the evolution and understanding of science.
An associate professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma, David Deming is the author of more than 40 research papers on geology, geophysics, energy resources, and the history of science.