Science Politics and Universities in Europe 1600-1800


John Gascoigne
Ashgate Variorum
This book seeks to illustrate the interconnections of science and philosophy with religion and politics in the early modern period by focusing on the institutional dynamics of the university. Much of the work is devoted to one key university- that of Cambridge- and examines the major issues of the institutional setting of Newton?s work the religious and political circumstances that favoured its dissemination and the way in which it was dealt with in the curriculum. But the author also seeks to place the problem of the role of science in the early modern university in a larger European context. To do so he includes a close prosopographical analysis of the scientific community from the mid-15th TO the end of the 18th century and discusses the complex relations between the universities and the Enlightenment.

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