Book ID: CBB010485781

Light without Heat: The Observational Mood from Bacon to Milton (2018)


Simon, David Carroll (Author)

Cornell University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 388
Language: English

In Light without Heat, David Carroll Simon argues for the importance of carelessness to the literary and scientific experiments of the seventeenth century. While scholars have often looked to this period in order to narrate the triumph of methodical rigor as a quintessentially modern intellectual value, Simon describes the appeal of open-ended receptivity to the protagonists of the New Science. In straying from the work of self-possession and the duty to sift fact from fiction, early modern intellectuals discovered the cognitive advantages of the undisciplined mind.Exploring the influence of what he calls the "observational mood" on both poetry and prose, Simon offers new readings of Michel de Montaigne, Francis Bacon, Izaak Walton, Henry Power, Robert Hooke, Robert Boyle, Andrew Marvell, and John Milton. He also extends his inquiry beyond the boundaries of early modernity, arguing for a literary theory that trades strict methodological commitment for an openness to lawless drift.

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Authors & Contributors
Robinson, Benedict
Lee, Daniel D.
Lipking, Lawrence
Chalmers, Alan Francis
Yoshimoto, Hideyuki
Yeo, Richard R.
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Perspectives on Science
Metascience: An International Review Journal for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Science
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
University of California, Irvine
State University of New York at Stony Brook
University of Chicago Press
The Robert Boyle Project
Cornell University Press
Experiments and experimentation
Methodology of science; scientific method
Science and literature
Natural philosophy
Theories of heat
Philosophy of science
Boyle, Robert
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Milton, John
Hooke, Robert
Newton, Isaac
Shakespeare, William
Time Periods
17th century
18th century
Early modern
19th century
16th century
Great Britain
Royal Society of London

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