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Ingenious Pursuits: Creativity and the Scientific Revolution

by Jardine, Lisa

  • ISBN: 9780385493253
  • ISBN10: 0385493258

Ingenious Pursuits: Creativity and the Scientific Revolution

by Jardine, Lisa

  • List Price: $35.00
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday Books
  • Publish date: 01/01/2006
  • ISBN: 9780385493253
  • ISBN10: 0385493258
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Description: The intellectual revolution of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was the single most important event in Western history, bringing the humanities and natural sciences together in an unprecedented ferment of creativity. Leonardo da Vinci could master the fundamental tenets of ballistics as readily as he could handle the colors on his palette, and saw no distinction between the two. What unified his diverse achievements was a genius for technological innovation, which transformed the thinking of the early modern world.

"Ingenious Pursuits" documents the series of virtuoso advancements -- among them the discovery of the circulation of blood, the perfection of the mechanical clock, enhanced astronomical observation, fundamental developments in mathematics, selective animal and plant breeding, and the development of chemical substance analysis -- that radically reshaped the early modern world. These fundamental breakthroughs did not spring from systematic investigation (i.e., "the scientific method") but from ingenuity, quick-wittedness, lateral thinking, and inspired guesswork.

"Ingenious Pursuits" is a broad-ranging but highly readable look at the very nature of creativity, the foundations of modern thought, and the intellectual revolutions that still shape lives.

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