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The following books are required for this class:
- David Lindberg, The Beginnings of Western Science (Chicago, Chicago
University Press, 1992 or 2007). This text is a readable and highly acclaimed survey
of pre-modern science by a distinguished historian of medieval science. $16.50
at Amazon. Either edition is suitable for this course.
- Allen Debus, Man and Nature in the Renaissance (Cambridge Studies in the History of Science series, 1978), $38 at Amazon.
- Margaret Osler, Reconfiguring the World (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), $24
- Michael J. Crowe, Theories of the World from Antiquity to the Copernican
Revolution, 2d ed (Dover Press, 2001), $10
at Amazon. Note: Don't be intimidated by all the mathematics in this little
book! The more mathematical parts are only for reference. We will not work
our way through the book, but just use parts of it, including the appendix
on Stonehenge, and the excerpts from Ptolemy, Copernicus, and Galileo.
You will not read any of these books cover to cover, but you will refer to
portions of each one. Other readings for this class are
available online (see course websites).
"Never lend books; people never return them. The only books I have in my
library are books I have borrowed from others." Anatole France.