The title of this book, Baroque Science , suggests a cultural history of science that integrates the history of art (painting, sculpture, literature and music) with the history of science. However, a reader bringing such expectations to the volume might be disappointed. Painters like Jan Brueghel the Elder and Johannes Vermeer (in the introduction), and William Shakespeare (at the very end of the book’s final chapter) do make cameo appearances, but the broader cultural framework of the Baroque is largely absent. First and foremost, Ofer Gal and Raz Chen-Morris have written a book about ‘science’ – more precisely, about the mixed mathematical sciences in the seventeenth century practised by Johannes Kepler and Isaac Newton. Chen-Morris, a widely published expert on Kepler’s optics, and Gal, author of a book on Robert Hooke and Newton, joined intellectual forces for this Australian Research Council project, bringing together in this book extended versions of co-authored articles previously published in the Journal for the History of Ideas , History of Science and Synthese . In art history, the meaning and sense of the term ‘Baroque’ are frequently contested. Nevertheless‚ the ‘Baroque’ has without too much argument come to denote a period term in
Early Science and Medicine – Brill
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