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A Magical World: Superstition and Science From the Renaissance to the Enlightenment

Derek K. Wilson
Format
Book
Published
New York, NY : Pegasus Books, Ltd., [2018]
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
Language
English
ISBN
9781681776453, 1681776456
Summary
Spanning some of the most vibrant and fascinating eras in European history, Cambridge historian Derek Wilson reveals a society filled with an ardent desire for knowledge and astounding discoveries and the fantastic discoveries that flowered from it. There was the discovery of the movement of blood around the body; the movement of the earth around the sun; the velocity of falling objects (and why those objects fell).
Spanning some of the most vibrant and fascinating eras in European history, Wilson reveals a society filled with an ardent desire for knowledge and astounding discoveries and the fantastic discoveries that flowered from it. But often this knowledge was based on folk religions with a pagan past. Even the Catholic Church had it's own "magical" traditions, and astrologists believed human affairs were controlled by the heavenly bodies. Wilson shows how our pursuit of knowledge existed alongside deep-rooted fears and superstitions.
Contents
  • Introduction : '42'
  • New wine and old wineskins
  • A magical world
  • Re-evaluation
  • Heavens above?
  • Medicine men
  • Seeing may be believing
  • Confusion
  • I think--so what?
  • The religion of doctors
  • Spreading the word
  • Day star of the Enlightenment
  • Avant le deluge.
Description
x, 310 pages ; 24 cm
Notes
  • "February 2018"--Title page verso.
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-297) and index.
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