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Historian puts new spin on scientific revolution

Origin of modern science dates back to 1572, new book argues

9:00am, March 5, 2016
remnant of a supernova

POINT OF ORIGIN  Astronomer Tycho Brahe’s observation of a supernova in 1572 (remnant shown here in a composite image) marks the beginning of the scientific revolution, a historian contends.

The Invention of Science
David Wootton
Harper, $35

When Columbus discovered America, European culture hadn’t yet grasped the concept of discovery. Various languages had verbs that could be translated as discover, but only in the sense of discovering things like a worm under a rock. Scholars operated within a worldview that all knowledge had been

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