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The age of genius : the seventeenth century and the birth of the modern mind / A.C. Grayling.

Author/creator Grayling, A. C. author.
Format Book and Print
EditionFirst U.S. edition.
Publication Info New York, NY : Bloomsbury, 2016.
Descriptionx, 351 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), map, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents Introduction. Seeing the universe ; The epoch in human history -- A time of wars. The origins of the wars ; The loss of the Palatinate ; The mercenary captains ; The Edict of Restitution, 1629 -- The Swedish apogee ; From Wallenstein to Breisach ; Towards Westphalia ; In the ruins of Europe ; The maritime conflicts -- The cumulation of ideas. The intelligencers ; The short ways to knowledge ; Dr Dee and the potent art ; The Rosicrucian scare -- From magic to science. From magic to method ; The birth of science ; War and science -- The social order. Society and politics ; Language and belief -- Conclusion. Is it a myth?
Abstract "Explores the eventful intertwining of outward event and inner intellectual life to tell, in all its richness and depth, the story of the 17th century in Europe. It was a time of creativity unparalleled in history before or since, from science to the arts, from philosophy to politics ... Grayling points to three primary factors [behind this epochal shift]: the rise of vernacular (popular) languages in philosophy, theology, science, and literature; the rise of the individual as a general and not merely an aristocratic type; and the invention and application of instruments and measurement in the study of the natural world"
General note"First published in Great Britain, 2016"--Title-page verso.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages [325]-340) and index.
ISBN9781620403440 hardcover
ISBN1620403447 hardcover
ISBNelectronic publication

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