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- DescriptionKwn and observed by all levels of society, the sun and moon, or the luminaries, were a continuous thread in the tapestry of late medieval and early modern English culture. Tracing this specific thread is a vel means of understanding changes in epistemological conceptions of the natural world realized in the Scientific Revolution. This book demonstrates that the luminaries were transformed from peerless bodies that radiated powerful forces into objects of scientific study, and in the case of the moon, a place to visit imaginatively with its own geography and probable inhabitants. Utilizing literary, historical, and visual evidence, Luminaries in the Natural World indicates how and why these changes in solar and lunar perceptions occurred among the scientific community from 1400 to 1680, breaking new ground with its emphasis on influences from cartography, astrology, and hermeticism. The author then turns to an analysis of the extent to which this cognitive shift occurred in larger English society, exploring conceptions of fashionable curiosity about the natural world from 1680 to 1720.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Anna Marie E. Roos is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Author(s)Anna Marie Eleanor Roos
- PublisherPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Date of Publication01/04/2001
- SubjectHistory: World & General
- Series TitleWorcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI Studies) Studies in Science, Technology and Culture
- Series Part/Volume Number20
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPeter Lang Publishing Inc
- Content Note22 ill.
- Weight590 g
- Width160 mm
- Height230 mm
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