Voyaging in Strange Seas: The Great Revolution in Science, by David Knight
Voyaging in Strange Seas
Yale Univ., $35
It would take longer to count all the books that have been written about the history of science than it would to read any one of them. So if you’ve read some of them, you might wonder whether it’s worth reading yet another.
It is. Knight’s fresh look at the Scientific Revolution tells the story of modern science’s birth — and adolescence — from angles that usually go unexplored.
For Knight, a professor emeritus of science history at Durham University in England, the Scientific Revolution was not confined to the 17th century — it spanned three centuries, roughly from the voyage of Columbus to the French Revolution. It wasn’t just about physics and astronomy, and it wasn’t isolated from what else