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TitleThe New Science and Jesuit Science: Seventeenth Century Perspectives [electronic resource] / edited by Mordechai Feingold
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2003
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-0361-1
Descript IX, 270 p. 18 illus. online resource

SUMMARY

"One cannot talk about mathematics in the 16th and 17th centuries without seeing a Jesuit at every corner," George Sarton observed in 1940. * Sarton, of course, was not the first to recognize the disproportionate representation of members of the Society of Jesus in the scientific enterprise of the early modern period. However, unlike many historians who belittled the discernible numerical strength of the Jesuits on the grounds that they lacked originality and were generally hostile to new ideas, Sarton correlated numerical strength with significance. Hence his plea for collecting the papers of that industrious historian of Jesuit science, Henri Bosmans, was quite refreshing. Yet Sarton's appeal went unheeded, and not only with respect to Bosmans' papers. The perception of the Jesuits as plodding pedagogues and obscurantists remained as ingrained as ever, virtually sanctioning the disregard of their activities. Such neglect meant that the exact nature of the Jesuit contribution to the Scientific Revolution remained sketchy at best; only recently - owing to a long-overdue examination of the Order's archives and of published texts - have new contours begun to emerge. Striking in this reassessment is a more nuanced appreciation of the Jesuits' interaction with "modernity" and a far greater recognition of the Jesuit contribution to the two poles of modern science: the mathematization of natural philosophy and experimental science


CONTENT

Mathematics and Modesty in the Society of Jesus: The Problems of Christoph Grienberger -- The Grounds for Conflict: Grienberger, Grassi, Galileo, and Posterity -- Additio illa non videtur edenda: Giuseppe Biancani, Reader of Galileo in an Unedited Censored Text -- Two Jesuit Responses to Galileoโ{128}{153}s Science of Motion: Honorรฉ Fabri and Pierre Le Cazre -- Jesuit Mathematical Practice in Portugal, 1540โ{128}{147}1759 -- The Celestial Pilgrimages of Valentin Stansel (1621โ{128}{147}1705), Jesuit Astronomer and Missionary in Brazil


History Religion Modern philosophy Mathematics History History general Religious Studies general History of Mathematical Sciences Modern Philosophy



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