Author

Floris Cohen

Floris Cohen (b. 1946) is a professor of the comparative history of the natural sciences at Utrecht University. His two previous books were The Recreation of the World. The Rise of Modern Science Explained (2007) and Isaac Newton and True Knowledge (2010). In 2008, Cohen was awarded the Dutch ‘Eureka’ prize for the best book of the year that makes science accessible to a wide audience.

The Recreation of the World

The Recreation of the World

The Rise of Modern Science Explained

(Bert Bakker, 2007, 299 pages)

Why did modern science originate in Europe, and why was there no Chinese Newton or Arab Galileo? Thinking about the natural world reached great heights in the civilizations of ancient Greece, China, and medieval Islam, but eventually decline set in. Floris Cohen argues that historians should try to explain why stagnation did not occur in seventeenthcentury Europe rather than asking why it did in the earlier civilizations.

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Isaac Newton and Scientific Certainty

Isaac Newton and Scientific Certainty

(Bert Bakker, 2010, 267 pages)

Floris Cohen is regarded the world over as one of the foremost authorities on the emergence of modern science in seventeenth-century Europe, which he analyzed in his How Modern Science Came Into the World. He now presents us with a concise book about Newton’s scientific significance, unique among the works on Newton published to date. His account is thoroughly accessible without at any stage sacrificing scholarly rigour and depth.

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Troubling Knowledge

Troubling Knowledge

Kepler to Einstein in Eleven Written Portraits

(Prometheus, 2016, 304 pages)

The history of science is often presented as a victory of reason over the prejudices of faith and superstition. But many scientists, including the most prominent, believed in God or were of the opinion that there were more things in heaven and earth than science could ever reveal. How did they conceive of the field of tension? Why did they think there need be no conflict between scientific and religious outlooks?

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