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Knowledge in Translation

Global Patterns of Scientific Exchange, 1000-1800 CE



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This exploration of the history of science focuses on translation, in all its forms, as an essential element in the communication of knowledge. Chapters trace several overlapping dynamics in the exchange of knowledge across the Eastern Hemisphere and beyond during the second millennium CE. Nineteen scholars with specializations in various arenas of knowledge and regions of the world, combining the approaches of history of science and world history, confirm that cosmopolitan networks of scholarly knowledge existed centuries ago. Topics of analysis include mapping the earth in terrestrial and maritime perspective, constructing social practices from artisanal to administrative levels, advancing health and welfare, and charting the skies to learn the structure of the cosmos and navigate the seas. Even as old empires fell and new empires rose, debates at local and universal levels crossed boundaries of language, time, disciplines, and contending philosophies. These detailed yet interlocking studies consider whether knowledge evolved more through recurring intercultural links or through localized innovations; whether it arose more from endogenous scientific study or from exogenous shifts in the world order.
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September 30th, 2018
Edited by Abigail Owen Edited by Patrick Manning
Country of Publication
United States
44 black & white Illustrations
University of Pittsburgh Press
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