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5. A true hermetic philosopher

5. A true hermetic philosopher  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2007
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Sep 2013
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9780191777202
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10.1093/actrade/9780199298037.003.0005
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‘A true hermetic philosopher’ explains how alchemy enjoyed a chequered reputation by the middle of the seventeenth century. It was part of a larger practice that was termed ‘chymistry’. In ... More
4. Types and hexagons

4. Types and hexagons  

William H. Brock

in The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Jan 2016
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‘Types and hexagons’ introduces some of the key characters involved in making important contributions to the field of chemistry: Antoine Fourcroy, who created the divisions of inorganic and ... More
3. Gases and atoms

3. Gases and atoms  

William H. Brock

in The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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Until the mid-18th century, chemists had no understanding of the role of air in chemical changes. The Chemical Revolution was not merely conceptual, but also instrumental in that it ... More
3. The marvellous years

3. The marvellous years  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2007
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9780191777202
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‘The marvellous years’ describes Newton's years at Cambridge. The first decades of the seventeenth century witnessed an exponential growth in the understanding of the Earth and heavens, a ... More
Newton: A Very Short Introduction

Newton: A Very Short Introduction  

Rob Iliffe

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Jan 2007
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9780191777202
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Newton: A Very Short Introduction introduces Newton's scientific studies in fields ranging from physics, astronomy, and mathematics, to alchemy. It also examines his ... More
4. The censorious multitude

4. The censorious multitude  

Rob Iliffe

in Newton: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2007
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‘The censorious multitude’ describes how, since its foundation in 1660, the Royal Society had fashioned what was effectively an official position regarding the best way to perform and write ... More
4. The sublunar world

4. The sublunar world  

Lawrence M. Principe

in The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2011
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‘The sublunar world’ explores how the early modern view of the world moved on from Aristotle's teachings. Nicholas Steno found that layers of rock provided information about the earth's ... More
5. The microcosm and the living world

5. The microcosm and the living world  

Lawrence M. Principe

in The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The microcosm and the living world’ explores early modern thought on the human body and biology. Astrology had a large influence on early modern medicine, guiding personalised treatment ... More
6. Building a world of science

6. Building a world of science  

Lawrence M. Principe

in The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Apr 2011
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‘Building a world of science’ outlines how early modern scientific thought was applied to the real world problems of the day. The emergence of gunpowder on the battlefield made castles ... More
The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction  

William H. Brock

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Jan 2016
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From the earliest exploration of natural materials and their transformations to today’s materials science, chemistry has always been the central discipline that underpins both the physical ... More
2. The analysis of stuff

2. The analysis of stuff  

William H. Brock

in The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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The fundamental problem in chemistry is transmutation. How can two homogeneous stuffs with very different properties merge to form another homogeneous material whose properties are ... More
2. The connected world

2. The connected world  

Lawrence M. Principe

in The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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‘The connected world’ examines the viewpoints of early modern natural philosophers. Unlike modern scientists, natural philosophers viewed the world in an interconnected, cosmic sense. They ... More
Epilogue

Epilogue  

Lawrence M. Principe

in The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

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Modern science continues to seek out greater scientific knowledge using the same aims and methods as the early modern natural philosophers. Some of these came from the Middle Ages and ... More
1. Water, water everywhere …

1. Water, water everywhere …  

John Finney

in Water: A Very Short Introduction

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Aug 2015
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Aug 2015
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9780191785597
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10.1093/actrade/9780198708728.003.0001
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Water (H2O) is the most abundant compound on the Earth’s surface and occurs naturally in gas, liquid, and solid forms. It is estimated that there are 1.9 billion billion tonnes of water on ... More
3. The secularization of superstition

3. The secularization of superstition  

Stuart Vyse

in Superstition: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2020
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Jan 2020
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9780191859854
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10.1093/actrade/9780198819257.003.0003
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The five centuries beginning with the 14th and ending with the 18th took European history from the Middle Ages, through the Enlightenment, and into the first two centuries of the scientific ... More
5. Reactivity

5. Reactivity  

William H. Brock

in The History of Chemistry: A Very Short Introduction

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Jan 2016
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By the mid-19th century many different kinds of chemical change had been recognized and systematized in textbooks. It became the task of physical chemists to explain these different ... More
The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

The Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction  

Lawrence M. Principe

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Apr 2011
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Sep 2013
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9780191777493
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10.1093/actrade/9780199567416.001.0001
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9780199567416
Scientific Revolution: A Very Short Introduction explores the exciting developments in the sciences during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This time witnessed such ... More

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