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Spirits and Clocks
Machine and Organism in Descartes
Dennis Des Chene
Although the basis of modern biology is Cartesian, Descartes's theories of biology have been more often ridiculed than studied. Yet, Dennis Des Chene demonstrates, the themes, arguments, and vocabulary of his mechanistic biology pervade the writings...



Physiologia
Natural Philosophy in Late Aristotelian and Cartesian Thought
Dennis Des Chene
Sixteenth-century Aristotelianism was the culmination of four centuries of commentary and criticism. Physiologia is one of the first books to provide an accessible and comprehensive guide to that tradition in natural philosophy. In an incisive and readable treatment, Dennis Des Chene illuminates the continuities and disruptions between ...



The Engine of Visualization
Thinking through Photography
Patrick Maynard
"An extremely fascinating study, packed with insights and illumination and astute observation. It is first-rate philosophy—clearheaded, imaginative, sophisticated, and resourceful. And in its historical and technological dimensions, it connects with...



The Transformation of American Air Power
Benjamin S. Lambeth
Since the unprecedentedly effective performance of the allied air campaign against Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, the role of American air power in future wars has become a topic of often heated public debate. In this balanced appraisal of air...



Descartes and the Possibility of Science
Peter A. Schouls
This new book describes the intellectual structure of modern science as a body of knowledge produced by the Cartesian method. For Descartes, science was possible only because of certain features of the very nature of human beings. Peter A. Schouls...



Sacred Luxuries
Fragrance, Aromatherapy, and Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt
Lise Manniche
The art of modern fragrance-making owes much to practices developed in ancient Egypt. The Egyptians attached great importance to perfumes and cosmetics, which men and women wore to make themselves attractive and alluring, to restore vitality and good...



Beauty and Revolution in Science
James W. McAllister
The first systematic study of the aesthetic evaluations that scientists pass on their theories.



The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays in Natural and Unnatural History
Jan Bondeson
In his new collection of essays, Jan Bondeson tells ten fascinating stories of myths and hoaxes, beliefs and Ripley-like facts, concerning the animal kingdom.



The Matter of Revolution
Science, Poetry, and Politics in the Age of Milton
John H. Rogers
John Rogers here addresses the literary and ideological consequences of the remarkable, if improbable, alliance between science and politics in seventeenth-century England. He looks at the cultural intersection between the English and Scientific...



When Geologists Were Historians, 1665–1750
Rhoda Rappaport
"An essential perspective for those seeking a serious introduction to early geological science and a fundamental point of departure for future research. . . . No other book has this scope and conceptual focus."—Kenneth L. Taylor, University of...



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