Was there a Scientific Revolution?

You may have picked up on the fact that I'm a little uneasy with the term Scientific Revolution--big S, big R. Of course, some Very Big changes--big V, big B--took place in the early-modern era. Copernicus's heliocentrism up here for one. But the question is: was it a specific moment of Revolution...or more of progressive sea-change in world view?

But I'll leave that discussion to the pros. For the inquisitive, I recommend Steven Shapin's The Scientific Revolution. "There was no such thing as the Scientific Revolution," he writes, "and this is a book about it."

Stumble Upon Toolbar

No comments:

Post a Comment

Let us know what you're thinking!

To keep up with what others are saying about this post too, just click "subscribe [to these comments] by email" below.

And, as always, we love reader email:
editor [at]