University of Surrey

Test tubes in the lab Research in the ATI Dance Research

The arts of 17th-century science. Representations of the Natural World in European and North American Culture

Jowitt, C and Watt, D (2002) The arts of 17th-century science. Representations of the Natural World in European and North American Culture Ashgate Pub Ltd. ISBN 0754604179

[img]
Preview
PDF (licence)
SRI_deposit_agreement.pdf

Download (32Kb)
[img]
Preview
PDF
Watt 2002 The arts of 17th Century.pdf
Available under License : See the attached licence file.

Download (13Kb)

Abstract

Contemporary ideals of science representing disinterested and objective fields of investigation have their origins in the seventeenth century. However, 'new science' did not simply or uniformly replace earlier beliefs about the workings of the natural world, but entered into competition with them. It is this complex process of competition and negotiation concerning ways of seeing the natural world that is charted by the essays in this book. The collection traces the many overlaps between 'literary' and 'scientific' discourses as writers in this period attempted both to understand imaginatively and empirically the workings of the natural world, and shows that a discrete separation between such discourses and spheres is untenable. The collection is designed around four main themes-'Philosophy, Thought and Natural Knowledge', 'Religion, Politics and the Natural World', 'Gender, Sexuality and Scientific Thought' and 'New Worlds and New Philosophies.' Within these themes, the contributors focus on the contests between different ways of seeing and understanding the natural world in a wide range of writings from the period: in poetry and art, in political texts, in descriptions of real and imagined colonial landscapes, as well as in more obviously 'scientific' documents.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Science
Related URLs:
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > English
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2012 12:31
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:29
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/595526

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year


Information about this web site

© The University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, United Kingdom.
+44 (0)1483 300800