The light ages : the surprising story of medieval science / Seb Falk
Book | W.W. Norton & Company | 2020 | First American edition.
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First American edition.
xv, 391 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) : 24 cm
Includes quotations in Middle English, Latin, or Italian, with translations in English.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-359) and index.
Prologue: the mystery manuscript -- Westwyk and Westwick -- The reckoning of time -- Universitas -- Astrolabe and Albion -- Saturn in the first house -- The bishop's crusade -- Computer of the planets -- Epilogue: the mystery instrument.
"An illuminating guide to the scientific and technological achievements of the Middle Ages through the life of a crusading astronomer-monk. Soaring Gothic cathedrals, violent crusades, the Black Death: these are the dramatic forces that shaped the medieval era. But the so-called Dark Ages also gave us the first universities, eyeglasses, and mechanical clocks, proving that the Middle Ages were home to a vibrant scientific culture. In 'The Light Ages', Cambridge science historian Seb Falk takes us on an immersive tour of medieval science through the story of one fourteenth-century monk, John of Westwyk. From multiplying Roman numerals to navigating by the stars, curing disease, and telling time with an ancient astrolabe, we learn emerging science alongside Westwyk, while following the gripping story of the struggles and successes of an ordinary man in a precarious world. An enlightening history that argues that these times weren't so dark after all, 'The Light Ages' shows how medieval ideas continue to color how we see the world today"-- Provided by publisher.
9781324002932 (hardcover)
132400293X (hardcover)
9781324002949 (epub)
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