Defenders of the Text: The Traditions of Scholarship in an Age of Science, 1450-1800

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A sheer delight--a real feast of intellectual scholarship and a hilarious account of the mannerist fantasia that was the European intellectual scene in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. -- Osywn Murray Times Literary Supplement Grafton writes with an admirable clarity and zest...The kind of scholarly book that an interested non-specialist can read with pleasure and a sense of intellectual discovery. Washington Post Book World This excellent book is a major contribution to scholarship. It is highly original, both in the problems it formulates and in the solutions it offers, acute in its reasoning, and elegant, sharp, and often witty. -- Paul Oskar Kristeller New Criterion Grafton writes with enviable lucidity and wit...This [book] will give enormous stimulus and pleasure. -- Brian Vickers Times Higher Education Supplement Delightful, fresh, well-written, stimulating, provocative, irreverent, and most informative. [Grafton] has contributed to our understanding of 'the making of the modern mind.' -- Richard Popkin Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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In this presentation of the world of scholarship from the Renaissance to the modern period, Anthony Grafton examines the relation between humanism and science and sets before us such seminal figures as Poliziano, Scaliger, Kepler and Wolf. Grafton demonstrates that humanism was neither a simple nor an impractical enterprise, but worked hand-in-hand with science in developing modern learning.

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