BOOK REVIEWS Grant, Edward, The Foundations of Modern Science in the Middle Ages: Their Reli- gious, Institutional, and Intellectual Contexts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997). xiv, 263 pp. £35.00 ISBN 0 521 56137 X Edward Grant has a deep understanding of both modern science and medieval culture. Historians of science should read this book-if no other-to understand the Middle Ages, and medievalists should read it-if no other-to understand the history of science. Most of the book is accessible to general readers as well. This is a new book rather than a revision of Grant's Physical .Science in the Middle Ages (1971), although of course some of the material is derived from the earlier volume. The present book is "a new interpretation that attributes a major role to the Middle Ages in the generation of early modern science" (xiii), and it radically alters his previous position about medieval natural philosophy. "The whole of movable being" was "the proper subject of natural philosophy" (136) in the Middle Ages, excluding absolutely nothing in the physical world. Grant now argues that modern science could not exist except on seventeenth-century foundations, and seventeenth-century science could not exist except on twelfth- century foundations. His
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