The Invisible World by Catherine Wilson (PDF)

The Invisible World

Author: Catherine Wilson
Release at: 1995
Pages: 280 (145)
Edition: First Edition
File Size: 17 MB
File Type: PDF
Language: English



Description of The Invisible World First Edition (PDF)

The Invisible World 1st Edition by Catherine Wilson is a great Microbiology book for hidden of microorganisms, eBook available for PDF download. In the seventeenth century the microscope opened up a new world of observation, and, according to Catherine Wilson, profoundly revised the thinking of scientists and philosophers alike. The interior of nature, once closed off to both sympathetic intuition and direct perception, was now accessible with the help of optical instruments. The microscope led to a conception of science as an objective, procedure-driven mode of inquiry and renewed interest in atomism and mechanism. Focusing on the earliest forays into microscopical research, from 1620 to 1720, The Invisible World book provides us with both a compelling technological history and a lively assessment of the new knowledge that helped launch philosophy into the modern era.Wilson argues that the discovery of the microworld and the apparent role of living animalcula in generation, contagion, and disease--presented metaphysicians with the task of reconciling the ubiquity of life with human-centered theological systems.

It was also a source of problems for philosophers concerned with essences, qualities, and the limits of human knowledge, whose positions are echoed in current debates about realism and instrument-mediated knowledge. Covering the contributions of pioneering microscopists (Leeuwenhoek, Swammerdam, Malpighi, Grew, and Hooke) and the work of philosophers interested in the microworld (Bacon, Descartes, Leibniz, Malebranche, Locke, and Berkeley), she challenges historians who view the abstract sciences as the sole catalyst of the Scientific Revolution as she stresses the importance of observational and experimental science to the modern intellect.




Content of The Invisible World First Edition (PDF)


Chapter 1: Science and Protoscience

Chapter 2: The Subtility of Nature

Chapter 3: Instruments and Applications

Chapter 4: Preexistent and Emergent form

Chapter 5: Animalcuta and the Theory of Animate Contagion

Chapter 6: The Philosephers and the Microscope

Chapter 7: The Microscope Superfluous and Uncertain

Chapter 8: Truths and Appearances

Bibliography

Index

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