Download PDF by John H. Cartwright: Literature and Science: Social Impact and Interaction

By John H. Cartwright

A survey of the interplay among technological know-how and Anglo-American literature from the past due medieval interval to the twentieth century, reading how authors, thinkers, and philosophers have seen technological know-how in literary texts, and used technological know-how as a window to the future.

• offers transparent causes of medical rules starting from medieval cosmology to trendy options in astronomy

• Organizes the cloth in chronological order with a chronology and bibliographic essay accompanying every one chapter

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In the third book of The Divine Comedy, Paradisio, Dante introduces the character of Beatrice as his guide through the spheres up to paradise. The relationship between Dante and the real life Beatrice Portinari is surprising. Dante’s lifelong love for Beatrice began on May Day 1274, when at the tender age of nine he was taken to a children’s party given by the Florentine banker Folco Portinari for his daughter Beatrice, who was then just eight years and five months old. ” From the moment he caught sight of her his life was transformed.

According to astrological theory, each of the seven planets had its own peculiar influences and properties. Mars, for example, was the planet of iron; it inclined men to war (hence the adjective martial). On the whole, Mars exerted a baneful influence and was given the title the Lesser Infortune (Infortuna Minor). But worse than Mars was the malevolent planet Saturn, the Greater Infortune, or Infortuna Major. Saturn was associated with the metal lead and seen as a cold, dull, and heavy planet—the harbinger of misfortune and disaster.

One of the most ambitious and comprehensive treatments of Chaucer’s astronomy is John North’s Chaucer’s Universe (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988). North takes great pains to weigh the different interpretations of astronomical and astrological references in Chaucer’s works. He tends to argue that Chaucer’s horoscopes related to real events and enable dates for the composition of his works to be deduced. For a slightly more skeptical view of what historical astronomy can be read into Chaucer, see Hamilton Smyser’s A View of Chaucer’s Astronomy (Speculum 14, No.

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