Review

But Is He Sure?

The Invention of Science: A New History of the Scientific Revolution
by David Wootton
Penguin, 2015
(783 pages, $35.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Graeme Hunter

This innovative history of the scientific revolution is a guided tour beginning at a time a little prior to a.d. 1600, in which learning consisted in the mastery of books, moving through a phase in which certain kinds of experience began to challenge book learning, and passing from there to the present time, when experimental science deliberately brings about experiences designed to challenge reigning theories.

It is slightly ironical that this lengthy celebration of science's victory over book learning should come with a bibliography more than sixty pages long, but the long list is not only . . .

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Graeme Hunter is a contributing editor to Touchstone and Research Professor of Philosophy at Dominican University College in Ottawa. He is the author of Radical Protestantism in Spinoza's Thought (Ashgate).

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