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Matters of Exchange: Commerce, Medicine, and Science in the Dutch Golden Age

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In this wide-ranging and stimulating book, a leading authority on the history of medicine and science presents convincing evidence that Dutch commerce—not religion—inspired the rise of science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Harold J. Cook scrutinizes a wealth of historical documents relating to the study of medicine and natural history in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, Brazil, South Africa, and Asia during this era, and his conclusions are fresh and exciting. He uncovers direct links between the rise of trade and commerce in the Dutch Empire and the flourishing of scientific investigation.

Cook argues that engaging in commerce changed the thinking of Dutch citizens, leading to a new emphasis on such values as objectivity, accumulation, and description. The preference for accurate information that accompanied the rise of commerce also laid the groundwork for the rise of science globally, wherever the Dutch engaged in trade. Medicine and natural history were fundamental aspects of this new science, as reflected in the development of gardens for both pleasure and botanical study, anatomical theaters, curiosity cabinets, and richly illustrated books about nature. Sweeping in scope and original in its insights, this book revises previous understandings of the history of science and ideas.

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A new and unexpected history of the Dutch pursuit of commerce in the 16th and 17th centuries and how it triggered the Scientific Revolution

Synopsis:

In this pathbreaking book, a leading historian of science and medicine presents convincing evidence that Dutch commerce—not religion—inspired the rise of science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Harold J. Cook taps vast archival evidence to show how commerce in the Dutch Golden Age changed citizens values and triggered the Scientific Revolution.

About the Author

Harold J. Cook is director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine and professor at University College London. He lives in London.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300143218
Author:
Cook, Harold John
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Author:
Cook, Harold J.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Western Europe - Benelux
Subject:
World History-Benelux and Switzerland
Subject:
World History-European History General
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 b/w illus.
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.7 lb

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Business » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » History of Medicine
History and Social Science » Europe » Northwest Europe » Holland and the Netherlands
History and Social Science » World History » European History General
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History and Social Science » World History » Northern Europe
Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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A new and unexpected history of the Dutch pursuit of commerce in the 16th and 17th centuries and how it triggered the Scientific Revolution
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In this pathbreaking book, a leading historian of science and medicine presents convincing evidence that Dutch commerce—not religion—inspired the rise of science in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Harold J. Cook taps vast archival evidence to show how commerce in the Dutch Golden Age changed citizens values and triggered the Scientific Revolution.
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