Practical Matter: Newton's Science in the Service of by Margaret C. Jacob,Larry Stewart

By Margaret C. Jacob,Larry Stewart

Margaret Jacob and Larry Stewart research the profound transformation that begun in 1687. From the 12 months while Newton released his Principia to the Crystal Palace Exhibition of 1851, technology progressively turned imperative to Western notion and monetary improvement. The publication goals at a normal viewers and examines how, regardless of robust competition at the Continent, a Newtonian figuring out received recognition and sensible program. by means of the mid-eighteenth century the recent technological know-how had accomplished ascendancy, and the race was once directly to follow Newtonian mechanics to and production. They finish the tale with the temple to medical and technological development that was once the Crystal Palace exhibition. determining their examples rigorously, Jacob and Stewart exhibit that there has been not anything preordained or inevitable in regards to the centrality provided to technological know-how. "It is straightforward to disregard that technological know-how could have been stillborn, or remained the esoteric wisdom of courtroom elites. as an alternative, for higher and for worse, technological know-how turned a centerpiece of Western culture."

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