The Jewel House Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution Bestselling author Deborah Harkness explores the streets shops back alleys and gardens of Elizabethan London where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the stu

  • Title: The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution
  • Author: Deborah E. Harkness
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  • Bestselling author Deborah Harkness explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters, she contBestselling author Deborah Harkness explores the streets, shops, back alleys, and gardens of Elizabethan London, where a boisterous and diverse group of men and women shared a keen interest in the study of nature These assorted merchants, gardeners, barber surgeons, midwives, instrument makers, mathematics teachers, engineers, alchemists, and other experimenters, she contends, formed a patchwork scientific community whose practices set the stage for the Scientific Revolution While Francis Bacon has been widely regarded as the father of modern science, scores of his London contemporaries also deserve a share in this distinction It was their collaborative, yet often contentious, ethos that helped to develop the ideals of modern scientific research The Jewel House examines six particularly fascinating episodes of scientific inquiry and dispute in sixteenth century London, bringing to life the individuals involved and the challenges they faced These men and women experimented and invented, argued and competed, waged wars in the press, and struggled to understand the complexities of the natural world Together, their stories illuminate the blind alleys and surprising twists and turns taken as medieval philosophy gave way to the empirical, experimental culture that became a hallmark of the Scientific Revolution.

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    1. An interesting exploration of popular science in Elizabethan London. She focuses on the communal, collaborative scientific inquiries pursued by people almost entirely forgotten to history or never known to it, showing how their endeavours provided the foundation for the later achievements of the Scientific Revolution. Newton may have stood on the shoulders of giants, but he also stood on the shoulders of obscure men and women who collected curiosities and bought new science books and grew rare p [...]

    2. I really enjoyed her fantasy novels and I thought this sounded interesting. It was, but a bit dry as she laid out her discussion and then went through the steps exploring it. If the history of science interests you, you'll probably find this a very good read. Her coda describing her method behind researching the topic and then settling on how to present it was especially enlightening.

    3. I read this book while researching and writing an exhibit on "Science in the Time of Shakespeare" for my university's commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. It's a fascinating account of scientific activity and thinking in Elizabethan England centered on the burgeoning City of London, and makes the case that not all science was practiced by the luminaries of the age. In fact, Harkness warns the reader in the introduction that if you’ve come to read about Francis Bacon a [...]

    4. Through the stories of relatively obscure Londoners, derived from the study of many manuscripts and early printed books, Harkness makes a convincing argument for finding the origins of modern scientific method in the work of people other than Francis Bacon. She shows that while Bacon, a gentleman, believed that true science required the involvement of a natural philosopher like him, many others were actually attempting to understand the natural world by doing experiments, analyzing the results, [...]

    5. I really want to visit Deborah Harkness's London, and her writing is so strong that I feel I almost have. The Jewel House tells us stories of everyday naturalists, engineers, alchemists and tinkerers who populated Elizabethan London at the dawn of the Scientific Revolution. Harkness does an amazing job of compiling scraps of information from diverse sources about these characters into a vivid and engaging narrative. This is a work of history admirable both for its scholarly contributions and its [...]

    6. This is a highly accessible and compulsively readable history of science in Elizabethan England. I am not a specialist, but Harkness makes you want to run right out and get your own degree in the history of science. Her approach -- a historical, multi-site ethnography, of sorts, mixed with New Historicism and exhaustively researched both in terms of primary and secondary resources, makes for a compelling and wide-ranging narrative with a good mix of well-known and unknown individuals. I have nev [...]

    7. Being a historian of science and having fallen in love with 'A Discovery of Witches' it was only natural for me to put a bit of effort into finding the academic works of Harkness. This is a very interesting book that sheds light on a few unknown key Elizabethan figures in the world of alchemy and natural science. Strangely, however, her writing is often labored and dry. I had real trouble reconciling the style of this to her fiction. It is a real shame when history is written this way because it [...]

    8. A very interesting take on the Scientific Revolution in 16th century Londaon, this book is also a model of how to do historical research. I love the Tudor era; this book gave me another persepctive on Elizabeth and her court and her environment

    9. An amazing, though occasionally difficult, read. If you like science, or history, or Elizabethan London, you will be dazzled in the amount of meticulous research Harkness has put into this work. And if you're lucky like me, and you enjoy all three subjects, this is really a rare bonus! I am already a Harkness fan through her All Souls trilogy. Although fictional, it is filled with accurate historical characters and references. This however, is a very scholarly work of nonfiction. At times, the s [...]

    10. This is going to be one of those books that makes me annoyed at a lot of other books. I've read a fair bit about the scientific revolution, and this is all completely new to me to the extent that I'm now irritated at all the other books I've read for not including any of it.It's a wonderful exploration of scientific culture in the late 16th-century, including pushes to increase mathematical literacy for national economic development, collecting-comparing-publishing findings from experiments, in [...]

    11. As a medieval & renaissance history major, who has worked in museums cultural heritage for the past 20 years, I found this book very interesting and enlightening. However, I think Dr. Harkness' level of detail about the many players on the science scene in Elizabethan London might be too much for some readers. It's an accessible and very readable scholarly work for those with a scholastic interest in the subject.

    12. What can I say. I really enjoyed it! Was surprised that William Turner, author of the greatest Elizabethan herbal, was omitted though.

    13. Looking at science before it was "science" in Elizabethan London, where discovery was a community endeavor. Harkness provides a great look into the predecessors of the Scientific Revolution and the Royal Society. She does a fantastic job of exploring the various groups of alchemists, surgeons, botanists, mathematicians, businessmen, midwives, and many others who helped form the principles of the discipline as we know it. Using a wealth of primary sources very well, Harkness really demonstrates t [...]

    14. One thing is certain Harkness is a historian, not an author. She takes a look at the advancement of science in the 17th century, but tries to focus on the little guys, the lesser known names. It is interesting to learn about all these people whose scientific thinking helped push civilization into the industrial revolution, but the text itself tends to drag. Interest in these people are lost in the mundane examples. For instance, at one point Harkness goes on about how well math books sold for 3- [...]

    15. An interesting look at scientific communities in Elizabethan London. Debates over Paracelsian medicine, practical versus theoretical mathematics and others took up the time and energy of people in all different professions."The scholarly emphasis on print culture rather than manuscript culture, the focus on singular great men rather than collaborative communities, and even our preference for a neat story of scientific development rather than a messy tale of contested knowledge and open-ended deb [...]

    16. Excellent non-fiction book for anyone interested in the history of science. I read it to aid in my research on John Winthrop, Jr.Harkness has a new (to me) take on Francis Bacon (she does not appear to be a fan, or perhaps thinks he's been given too much credit for igniting the "scientific revolution"). I often found myself flat-out envious of her level of access to archives and opportunities to delve into the old manuscripts. This book opened up an entirely new avenue of intellectual exploratio [...]

    17. This is a really fun and fascinating book about the roots of the scientific revolution of the Enlightenment, which Harkness compellingly argues were not in the late 17th century, but the late 16th. She uncovers unknown scientists of all types, from a man who experiments and collects information from debtor's prison to Elizabethan lords funding government projects into defense and exploration.I did find the chapter on mathematics less interesting than the others, possibly because I'm less interes [...]

    18. 3 1/2 starsReading this so that I can sound like I know what I'm doing for an application. Really enjoying it so far. I'm reading it out of order though - I read what I needed for the application, but I think I'd like to read the rest just because.I skipped chapter three and most of chapter two, so I can't comment on those. What I did read I found very interesting - I'm not sure her particular approach works 100% of the time, but it's unique and I found a lot of what she said about the formation [...]

    19. This was required reading for one of my history seminar classes. That being said, I truly enjoyed reading this book. In fact I will go back to reread it since I only had a week to read it the first time (along with the other course work) so had to skim through a bit. Science is one of my interests, as is how things start, so this book was a great mix of the two. That, along with Harkness' writing style, the personal stories, and our professor snapping some photos of Lime Street when she was in L [...]

    20. I loved this book! I learned so much about the history of the study of science just prior to the Scientific Revolution.Deborah Harkness is an excellent and very engaging author!I loved learning about the Lime Street community in 16th century London! That was my favorite chapter in the book. Lime Street was a community of immigrants ("Strangers") who studied and exchanged scientific information.I also enjoyed the chapter on prison life in Elizabethan England. I had no idea that there was a steady [...]

    21. I could and should probably give this more stars. However, to be honest, I was hoping for something that was a little bit more popular non-fiction and less academically oriented.I thought that a lot of this book was, frankly and sadly, dull. The main exception was the chapter on the use of instruments. That I liked. It clarified some of my thoughts on why technology is sometimes available but scarce, both in real life and in fictional settings.I have to admit that I skipped/didn't finish at leas [...]

    22. Wonderfully engaging, this history of scientific endeavors covers part of the transition between medieval understandings of science and the age of enlightenment. Harkness offers readers a glimpse into the lives of those often left out of the record, and a better understanding of the passion for knowledge that makes great sense in an age of dramatic change and exploration. All of Harkness' skill as a writer of fiction is evident in how she constructs historical narrative, bringing to life a world [...]

    23. Shakespeare Didn’t Have the Internet: Oh Noes! bit/u1SlR2"Shakespeare didn’t need the Internet in 1600 because he had the London of 1600, which was not unlike a small Internet you could walk around in For a wonderful, concise description of this world, read the introduction to Deborah Harkness’s splendid The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She makes three points which are absolutely crucial to understanding just how misguided Orloff’s notion of early modern [...]

    24. This book contains more detail than I was expecting (or perhaps wanting), however that indicates the seriousness of the underlying research. What emerges from the book is a fascinating portrait of the foundations of modern science in Elizabethan London, a vibrant, messy, urban, 'amateur' and very social community of learning, which proceeded the professionalisation of science in subsequent centuries. A fascinating portrait based on really deep immersion in a very broad range of documents.

    25. I thought this was really interesting. It isn't so much about science as the *doing* of science and technology, by ordinary men and women in London in the late 16th century, through a series of stories. While the style is definitely academic, Harkness avoids using specialized jargon that would make the text inaccessible to those of us who aren't professional historians.

    26. Great study of Elizabethan England! Besides revealing that the investigation of the new scientific method was going on at all levels, not just intelligentsia or aristocrat, it also offers insight into the rich pool of scholarly study Deborah Harkness has drawn on and (hopefully) will continue to draw on to inform her Discovery of Witches trilogy.

    27. Huge amounts of facts and information on the Elizabethans. I think I need the version with pictures as the audio gets to be a bit stretched. Seems her documentary narrative is as stretched as her fictional narrative. Discovery of witches by same author.Gave up on the audio as it misses the pictures of the hardcopy.Have hard copy and debating whether it's worth it.

    28. Got this because I wanted to see non-fiction by Harkness. She writes well, and if I had more interest in this subject I would have given it a higher rating. I bet she is a fabulous teacher and lecturer based on her enthusiasm for the material. On another topic, can't wait for book two of All Souls

    29. Very descriptive book on the development of Elizabethan science, with excellent linkage of science to popular culture and everyday life. It is enlightening to read about science set in the midst of noisy, dirty, thriving London rather than antiseptically depicted as a solely intellectual activity.

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