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Craig Martin

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Craig Martin takes a careful look at how Renaissance scientists
analyzed and interpreted rain, wind, and other natural phenomena like

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meteors and earthquakes and their impact on the great thinkers of the
Hardback, 224 pages
3 b&w illus.
ISBN:9781421401874
September 2011
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Although an inherently uncertain endeavor, forecasting the weather
was an extremely useful component not just of scientific study, but also

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meteorology with the new natural philosophies of the seventeenth

other key figures of the scientific revolution.

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conceptual foundations of the subject, Martin links Aristotelian

paralleled developments in the natural philosophies of Descartes and

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took place in science during the early modern period. By examining the

observation and forced attention to material and efficient causation, it

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Martin argues that meteorology was crucial to the transformation that

century. He argues that because meteorology involved conjecture and

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scientific revolution.

of politics, courtly life, and religious doctrine. Martin explores how
natural philosophers of the time participated in political and religious
controversies by debating the meanings, causes, and purposes of
natural disasters and other weather phenomena.
Through careful readings of an impressive range of texts, Martin
situates the history of meteorology within the larger context of
Renaissance and early modern science. The first study on Renaissance
theories of weather in five decades, Renaissance Meteorology offers a
novel understanding of traditional natural philosophy and its impact on
the development of modern science.

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Craig Martin is an assistant professor of history at Oakland
University.
"A wonderful book on the thoughts and beliefs of Renaissance scientists
regarding the weather and other issues of meteorology."
— Book Bargains and Previews
"Well argued and well researched, this work is an essential view of
Renaissance science and philosophy. Highly recommended."
— Choice
"For readers interested in the HOPOS as it relates to Aristotelianism
and the novatores of the early modern period, we believe Renaissance
Meteorology is nothing less than required reading."
— Delphine Bellis and Gideon Manning - Journal of the International
Society for the History of Philosophy of Science
"This book enriches our understanding of early modern natural
philosophy. It challenges us to re-evaluate the reception of Aristotle in
an area of study that saw renewed emphasis on experience and denied a
deep knowledge of the formal and final causes."
— Patrick J. Boner - Journal of the History of Philosophy

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" — Arianna Borrelli . and its profound influence on the emergence of modern science is a valuable contribution to knowledge and makes a splendid introduction to the subject." — Lucian Petrescu .Sixteenth Century Journal "Martin's study of Aristotle's Meteorology. and one that will no doubt become a reference in the field. This work could be the starting point for further inquiries into early modern meteorological thought.Renaissance Meteorology Page 2 of 2 "In this work..." — Nathan Martin . In this volume Martin fully achieves his stated aim of using meteorology to positively reassess the creativity and historical significance of Renaissance Aristotelianism.H-Net Reviews Related Links Craig Martin's faculty webpage Related Books Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean. 1624–1783 Mulcahy." — H..Isis "This is an important book. and the place of Aristotelianism within these. the community of Renaissance studies owes its gratitude to the author. Matthew © Johns Hopkins University Press | Privacy Policy https://jhupbooks. had unique dimensions which makes it a particularly valuable lens through which to analyse the transition of these processes across the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.." — Susan Broomhall . as Martin persuasively argues..press. Martin writes in a cohesive and generally understandable manner. its continuities and transformations.. Darrel Rutkin . and the book is certainly of great interest for historians of philosophy.edu/content/renaissance-meteorology 26-Nov-14 . For taking up this project with estimable scholarly command and making it relevant for the study of the natural philosophy of the period.Nuncius "Craig Martin's study sheds light on a subject area that has received relatively little attention within wider interpretations of the processes of the 'scientific revolution'. while not uselessly lengthy.Metascience "This fascinating subject has hitherto received little attention and Martin's book makes a valuable contribution to filling this gap.." — Maria Conforti .jhu.. reading and appreciating the subtlety and nuances of its approach may require an effort on the part of the non-specialist reader -..Parergon " Renaissance Meteorology is a pioneering work aiming to fill a gap in the scholarship on the natural philosophy of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. scholarly meteorology. Historians of the Renaissance will welcome this book as a well researched and noteworthy addition to the literature.well-rewarded by the richness of the innovative image of early modern science that it offers.. Yet.